African Journal of

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Biotechnol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1684-5315
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJB
  • Start Year: 2002
  • Published Articles: 12278

Full Length Research Paper

Allelopathic inhibition of seedling emergence in dicotyledonous crops by Cucumis bio-nematicide

  T. P. Mafeo* and P. W.  Mashela  
  School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Limpopo, Private Bag X1106, Sovenga 0727, South Africa.  
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 21 September 2010
  •  Published: 06 December 2010



Crop yield reduction is proportional to the initial nematode numbers at planting. Thus, nematicidal seed dressing is important in the management of plant-parasitic nematodes. When used as post-emergent bio-nematicide, crude extracts of groundCucumis myriocarpus fruits consistently suppress numbers of the southern root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne incognita). This study was initiated to determine suitability of crude extracts of ground C. myriocarpus fruits as a pre-emergent bio-nematicide on 10 cultivars of different dicotyledonous crops. In each trial, ten levels of crude extracts of C. myriocarpus fruits viz. 0, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75, 1.00, 1.25, 1.50, 1.75, 2.00 and 2.25 g, were arranged in a randomised complete block design (RCBD), with five replicates, under greenhouse conditions. Successful seedling emergence was recorded. Seedling emergence percentage had significant (P ≤ 0.01) negative quadratic relationship with concentrations of crude extracts, with the concentration of crude extracts of C. myriocarpus explaining more than 90% to the total treatment variation in mean seedling emergence of all tested crops. In conclusion, crude extracts of ground C. myriocarpus fruits are not suitable for use as pre-emergent bio-nematicide for seed dressing in the 10 tested crops.


Key words: Allelochemicals, allelopathy, auto-allelopathy, concentration-dependent, cucurbitacin A, crude extracts, synthetic nematicides.