Fungi from different seed categories of chickpea

Seed is inhabited by numerous fungi; external and internal. These fungi cause alteration in seed shape, texture and color. These symptomatic morphological features are because of associated seed mycoflora of the seed. Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) seeds categorized as bold, shriveled and discoloured. Ten seeds of each category were placed on moist blotter and Agar Plates respectively and their seed mycoflora was recorded. Total sixteen fungi were recorded from all categories of seeds. The results indicate that, discoloured seeds showed maximum mycoflora with maximum percent incidence; followed by shriveled and bold seeds. Bold, shrivelled and discoloured seeds are pathogenic with feeble germinability and emergence due to associated seed mycoflora.

Ashok S. Kandhare
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