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Control of Postharvest Decay on Cashew Fruit (Anacardium Occidentale L.) with Aqueous Extract of Cashew Leaf  

Oladele O.O. , Fatukasi O.I.
Department of Biology, The Federal Universty of Technology Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria
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Medicinal Plant Research, 2018, Vol. 8, No. 1   doi: 10.5376/mpr.2018.08.0001
Received: 14 Dec., 2017    Accepted: 15 Jan., 2018    Published: 26 Jan., 2018
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Oladele O.O., and Fatukasi O.I., 2018, Control of postharvest decay on cashew fruit (Anacardium Occidentale L.) with aqueous extract of cashew leaf, Medicinal Plant Research, 8(1): 1-7 (doi: 10.5376/mpr.2018.08.0001)


The study investigated control of postharvest decay on cashew fruit (Anacardium occidentale L.) with aqueous leaf extract of cashew. Freshly emergent cashew leaves were air-dried for 5 days and then pulverized. Varying concentrations (0.5%, 1%, 1.5%, 2% and 2.5%) of the pulverized cashew leaves were prepared with appropriate volumes of water. Fifteen cashew fruits were dipped separately into each concentration of the prepared extract for 1 minute while untreated cashew fruits served as control. Both the treated and control fruits were stored in dessicators at 28±2°C and 45-50% relative humidity and assessed daily for disease incidence. Phytochemical screening of the extract was also carried out. Results obtained on day 1 of storage indicated that both the control and all treated cashew fruits irrespective of treating concentrations had no disease incidence (0%) which implied that all the cashew fruits were disease free. However, as storage duration progressed, there was a decline in the efficacy of the cashew leaf extract. Only fruits treated with 2% cashew leaf extract maintained 0% disease incidence on day 4 of storage and recorded 30% disease incidence on day 7 of storage when compared with control and other treated fruits that had 100% disease incidence. The antifungal activity of the leaf extract could be traced to different phytochemicals present in it.

Cashew; Leaf extract; Postharvest; Pathogen; Control
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