ISSN: 0041-3216

ISSN: 0041-3216 (Online), 0041-3216 (Print)
Volume 60 Number 3
Research Notes
Antifungal properties of the volatile fraction of Melaleuca leucadendron
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Recently some higher plants and their constituents have proved successful in providing harmless fungicides because of their lesser phytotoxicity, more systemicity and easily biodegradable nature (Fawcett & Spencer 1970; Beye 1978) in contrast to some synthetic fungicides which often impose several bad side-effects. In the present project, the volatile fraction of leaves of Melaleuca leucadendron which has been reported to contain antifungal activity (Chaurasia & Vyas 1977), was evaluated for its activity against Rhizoctonia solani which causes severe damping-off of seedlings of some agricultural crops.
Keywords: Fungi; Melaleuca leucadendron; Leaves