Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 6 No. 4

Study of Sporulation Levels of Aflatoxigenic Aspergillus flavus on Some Pistachio Cultivars of Khorasan-e-Razavi Province

Leila Jalali1, Hossein Afshari2, Shahram Ashraf3 and Abdol Ghaffar Ebadi4

1Department of Plant Protection, 2Department of Horticulture, 3Department of Soil Science, Damghan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Damghan, Iran. 4Department of Agriculture, Jouybar Branch, Islamic Azad University, Damghan, Iran.

Received on 18 September 2012 and accepted on 06 November 2012



In order to calculate the level of sporulation by aflatoxigenic Aspergillus flavus mold, 4 cultivars of popular pistachio of Khorasan-e-Razavi were selected and collected. Then for this research, an isolate of aflatoxigenic Aspergillus flavus separated from the pistachio was used. Initially, 60 grams of pistachio kernels in 3 consecutive 20-gram sampling were selected and placed on Petri-dishes separately. 1 ml of the spore suspension of aflatoxigenic Aspergillus flavus added to each Petri-dish (spore suspension adjusted to contain of 2 ? 106 spore/ml). The plates placed over water in plastic boxes and then placed inside an incubator at 26 degrees centigrade. After 5 and 8 days of inoculation, growth rate and colonization of A. flavus on pistachio kernels measured in different cultivars. In order to calculate the level of sporulation, colonized pistachios of each Petri was mixed with 100 milliliter of sterile distilled water and were poured into an Erlenmeyer flask and were put on a shaker for 24 hours to ensure a thorough mixture of spores and water. In the next stage, the amount of spore in 100 milliliter of sterile distilled water was calculated by Hemacytometer and was reported as the amount of sporulation because of fugal growth in 20 grams of pistachio kernel in each Petri. The average difference in colonization levels of various cultivars of pistachio were analyzed statistically by the help of Duncan’s multiple range test. As it was expected, in cultivars where the fungus had a higher rate of growth, its rate of sporulation was higher as well. The results of the study demonstrated that among the examined cultivars, Daneshmandi had the highest level of sporulation and in contrast, Garmeh addressed the lowest level of sporulation. Undoubtedly, the most effective and useful approach to reduce the contamination level of the crop to A. flavus and aflatoxin is to select the most persistent ones to fungal growth and consequently the aflatoxin resulted by its growth.

Keywords : Khorasan-e-Razavi Province, Aspergillus flavus, sporulation, Pistachio and aflatoxin.