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International Journal of Agronomy
Volume 2010, Article ID 963259, 4 pages
Research Article

Exogenous Cellulase Contributes to Mycoherbicidal Activity of Fusarium arthrosporioides on Orobanche aegyptiaca

Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Science and Technology, North-West University, Mafikeng Campus, Private Bag X2046, Mmabatho 2735, South Africa

Received 26 June 2010; Accepted 30 August 2010

Academic Editor: Patrick Brown

Copyright © 2010 Olubukola O. Babalola. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper investigates an association between the tubercle size of Orobanche aegyptiaca, tubercle death, and days to tubercle death in relation to cellulase-assisted mycoherbicide. Fusarium arthrosporioides killed 56% of tubercles when applied with cellulase compared to 35% when no cellulase was added. Death was inversely correlated with days over the two fungal treatment types. O. aegyptiaca tubercle size significantly correlated with the two other infection parameters studied. For F. arthrosporioides, only 9% ( 𝑟 2 ) of the variation in days to death was explained by variation in tubercle size, whereas with cellulase it reaches 14%. In this study, mycelia of F. arthrosporioides did not show apparent damage to the tomato roots.