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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

 

Volume 3, Issue 3, 2012 pp 85-87

 

Research Article

 

Glucose and Total Sugars Content and Changes therein in the Seeds of Schleichera oleosa (Lour.) Oken.(kusum) due to Bioterioration by Pathogenic Fungi during Storage

 

AK Srivastava*  and GK Pandey**

*Head, Dept of Botany, St .Xavier’s College, Ranchi INDIA

**Dept of Botany, St Columba’s PG College, Hazaribag, INDIA

Academic Editor:  Dr. Aher K. R.

 

Abstract

Seeds of one of the non-edible oilseed, kusum(Schleichera oleosa f . Sapindaceae) are of great significance in Jharkhand area and its oil is used in burning lamps, varnishing, massage and medicine. Its oil-cake is a good manure. The unsanitary and humid condition makes it prone to a faster biodeterioration due to several fungal inhabitants during storage. The colonising fungi in the seeds use up some of the glucose and sugars as carbon sources for meeting energy requirements in their prolonged association with the seeds. In the span of one year the glucose level dropped by as much as 50.2 percent of its initial value. Similarly, total sugar also registered a loss of 40.4 percent due to the association of the mycodwellers.