Sensitivity of some nitrogen fixers and the target pest Fusarium oxysporum to fungicide thiram

Awad Osman 1 , Ashraf Sherif 1 , Adil Elhussein 2 , and Afrah Mohamed 2
  • 1 Biofertilization Department, Environment and Natural Resource Research Institute, National Center for Research, Sudan
  • 2 Botany Department, Faculty of Science, University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan

Sensitivity of some nitrogen fixers and the target pest Fusarium oxysporum to fungicide thiram

This study was carried out to investigate the toxic effects of the fungicide thiram (TMTD) against five nitrogen fixers and the thiram target pest Fusarium oxysporum under laboratory conditions. Nitrogen fixing bacteria Falvobacterium showed the highest values of LD50 and proved to be the most resistant to the fungicide followed by Fusarium oxysporum, while Pseudomonas aurentiaca was the most affected microorganism. LD50 values for these microorganisms were in 2-5 orders of magnitude lower in comparison with LD50 value for Fusarium oxysporum. Thiram was most toxic to Pseudomonas aurentiaca followed by Azospirillum. The lowest toxicity index was recorded for Fusarium oxysporum and Flavobacterium. The slope of the curve for Azomonas, Fusarium oxysporum and Flavobacterium is more steep than that of the other curves, suggesting that even a slight increase of the dose of the fungicide can cause a very strong negative effect. Thiram was more selective to Pseudomonas aurentiaca followed by Azospirillum, Rhizobium meliloti and Azomonas. The lowest selectivity index of the fungicide was recorded for Falvobacterium followed by Fusarium oxysporum. The highest safety coefficient of the fungicide was assigned for Flavobacterium, while Pseudomonas aurentiaca showed the lowest value.

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