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Title: Potential antifungal plants for controlling building fungi
Authors: Verma, Rajesh K
Chaurasia, Leena
Katiyar, Sadhana
Keywords: Antifungal potency
Building fungi
Essential oil
Medicinal plants
Issue Date: Aug-2008
Publisher: CSIR
IPC CodeInt. cl.8 - A01H 15/00, A61K 36/00, A61P 31/10
Abstract: The synthetic fungicides such as Pentachlorophenol, Tributyltin oxide, Zinc carboxylate, etc. have been removed from markets due to their harmful effects on the environment, residue problem and carcinogenic nature. However, the fungicides derived from plant products are safer alternatives for fungi control because they are richest source of bioactive phytochemicals such as alkaloids, terpenoides, polyacetylenes, unsaturated isobutylamides and phenolics. Plant products, traditionally used as biocides in indigenous culture are being re-evaluated for safer means of fungi control as compared to the synthetic. The present paper is an attempt to summarize antifungal potency of various plants along with their part (s) used, type of extracts and test fungi. In view of antifungal properties of some of these plants against some fungi found on buildings, it is hoped that detailed studies may yield many more effective natural fungicides for controlling various types of building fungi. Some fungi found commonly on buildings have also been discussed in this paper for ready reference and further studies on their possible control by plant extracts.
Page(s): 374-387
ISSN: 0975-1092 (Online); 0972-592X (Print)
Source:NPR Vol.7(4) [July-August 2008]

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