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Fungi Associated With Post-Harvest Rot of Commonly Consumed Fruits in Sokoto Metropolis, Nigeria


Salau, I. A. Shehu, K. Kasarawa, A.B Sambo, S. and Shahida, A. A

1Department of Biology, Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto Nigeria
2Department of biological sciences, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto Nigeria
3Department of Natural Sciences, Sokoto State Polytechnic, Nigeria
4Department of Microbiology, Sokoto State University, Sokoto, Nigeria


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Received: September 1, 2015,   Accepted: October 29, 2015,   Published:


Abstract:

A post-harvest fruits rot caused by microbial organism develops on fruits, vegetables and other plant products between harvesting, processing and consumption. The threat of post-harvest rot influences the way most fruits crop are handled, transportation, storage, processing and marketing. In this study a number of fungi viz., Alternaria alternata, A. citri, Aspergillus niger, A. flavus, Aspergillus sp., Cladosporium cladosporioides, Fusarium solani, Fusarium sp., Geotrichum candidum, Penicillium spp., Phytophthora capsici and Rhizopus stolonifer responsible for postharvest deterioration of fresh fruits were isolated and identified through culture media and microscopic methods. Therefore the accurate identification of the causal agents is essential before appropriate treatment can be made to control the pathogens. There is needed to enlighten the producer, sellers as well as the public on the public health risk on consumption of contaminated fruits by the fungal pathogens.


Keywords: Post-harvest, Rot, Fruits and Fungi


Citation:

Salau, I. A et al (2015). Fungi Associated With Post-Harvest Rot of Commonly Consumed Fruits in Sokoto Metropolis, Nigeria. J. of Advanced Botany and Zoology, V3I3. DOI: 10.15297/JABZ.V3I3.05


Copyright:

© 2015 Salau, I. A. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


      
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