Efficacy of plant extracts for antifungal activity against the rice foot rot pathogen Fusarium moniliforme Sheldon

Aqueous extracts from twenty plant species were tested for their antifungal activity against Fusarium moniliforme inciting foot rot of rice. Test results showed a differential activity of the plant extracts against the mycelium growth. The maximum inhibitory effect was shown by rhizome extracts of Curcuma domastica against the mycelium growth of the test fungi. The seed extracts of Azadirachta indica and Acacia arabicae also showed strong inhibitory effect on mycelial growth. The root extracts of Acacia catechu, leaf extracts of Aegle marmelos, seed extracts of Cassia fistula, leaf extracts of Adhatoda vasika and leaf extracts of Clerodendron inerme showed appreciable inhibitory effect against M. moniliforme .