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
and GK Pandey**
Dept of Botany, St .Xavier’s College, Ranchi INDIA
of Botany, St Columba’s PG College, Hazaribag, INDIA
Academic Editor: Dr.
Aher K. R.
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.