African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5211

Full Length Research Paper

The occurrence of pink mold rot fungus Trichothecium roseum on tomatoes in Korea

Yeo Hong Yun1, Seung Yeol Son1, Chang Won Choi3, Jeum Kyu Hong4, Young Shick Kim5, and Seong Hwan Kim1,2*
1Department of Microbiology Dankook University, Cheonan 330-714, Korea. 2Institute of Basic Sciences, Dankook University, Cheonan 330-714, Korea. 3Department of Biology and Medicinal Science, Paichai University, Daejeon 302-735, Korea. 4Department of Horticultural Sciences, Gyeongnam National University of Science and Technology, Gyeongnam 660-758, Korea. 5Department of Plant Science and Technology, Sangmyung University, Cheonan 330-720, Korea.
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  •  Accepted: 15 March 2013
  •  Published: 26 March 2013


Trichothecium roseum DUCC502 was isolated from leaves of tomato plants at a greenhouse located in Buyeo, Chungchungnamdo. The colony color of the isolate was white initially and became pale pink on potato dextrose agar and oatmeal agar. Conidiophores of the isolate were long and slender, unbranched, and 73  112 x 2.1 – 3.3 µm in size. Its conidia were two-celled, hyaline colored, and ovoid or ellipsoid shaped, and11 – 18.3 x 6.1 – 8.5 µm in size. The 28S rDNA sequence analysis of the isolate showed it shared 99% similarity with that of T. roseum CBS113334. Mycelia of the isolate grew well on PDA plates under the conditions of pH 7–9 and temperature 20–25℃, respectively. A pathogenicity test showed the isolate caused necrotic regions and produced white to pale pink mycelia with spores on the surface of tomato fruits and leaves. This fungus was sensitive to benomyl and tebuconazole but less sensitive to dimethomorph, triflumizole and azoxystobin at 10 ug/ml concentration.


Key words: Fungicide sensitivity, pink mold rot, postharvest disease, tomato,Trichothecium roseum.