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Incidence of Post-Harvest Fungal Rot of Some Vegetables in Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan

Incidence of Post-Harvest Fungal Rot of Some Vegetables in Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan

Gulnaz Parveen1*, Naila Mukhtar2, Shumaila Irum3 and Nain Bukhari4

1Department of Botany, Women University Swabi, Swabi–23561, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan; 2Department of Botany, University of Okara, Okara–56300, Punjab, Pakistan; 3Department of Zoology, University of Gujrat, Pakistan; 4Department of Clinical Laboratory, Women University Swabi, Swabi–23561, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

 
*Correspondence | Gulnaz Parveen, Department of Botany, Women University Swabi, Swabi–23561, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan; Email: gulnaz.malik3@gmail.com 

ABSTRACT

The major global concern of the developing countries is to fulfill the basic need of food to mankind as more than one-third of the food is lost due to various kinds of diseases and many other effects like post-harvest loss by different fungi. The danger of post-harvest disease influences the way most horticultural crops are handled. Hence, the proper identification of the causal pathogen is important before appropriate treatment can be made to control the pathogens. Therefore, In the present study, Alternaria alternata, Alternaria, Rhizopus, Mucor, Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus flavus, Cladosporium, Botrytis cinerea, Fusarium moniliforme, Drechslera, Penicillium, and Geotrichum candidum were identified among various vegetables including potato, carrot, okra, eggplant, turnip, cucumber, round gourd, cauliflower, and chilli. These losses result in about a 30% reduction in the yield of these vegetables. By reducing the post-harvest losses, it could be possible to overcome the need of food as the world population is in dare need of research relating to crop sustainability.

 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

August

Vol. 53, Iss. 4, Pages 1201-1601

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