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Research Project: Development, Evaluation, and Validation of Technologies for the Detection and Characterization of Chemical Contaminants in Foods

Location: Residue Chemistry and Predictive Microbiology Research

Title: Antifungal activity and action mechanism of ginger oleoresin against Pestalotiopsis Microspora isolated from Chinese olive fruits

Author
item Chen, Tuanwei - Fujian Agricultural & Forestry University
item Lu, Ju - Fujian Agricultural & Forestry University
item Kang, Binbin - Fujian Agricultural & Forestry University
item Lin, Mengshi - Fujian Agricultural & Forestry University
item Ding, Lijie - Fujian Agricultural & Forestry University
item Zhang, Lingyan - Fujian Agricultural & Forestry University
item Chen, Guoying
item Chen, Shaojun - Fujian Agricultural & Forestry University
item Lin, Hetong - Fujian Agricultural & Forestry University

Submitted to: Frontiers in Microbiology
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/10/2018
Publication Date: 10/30/2018
Citation: Chen, T., Lu, J., Kang, B., Lin, M., Ding, L., Zhang, L., Chen, G., Chen, S., Lin, H. 2018. Antifungal activity and action mechanism of ginger oleoresin against Pestalotiopsis Microspora isolated from Chinese olive fruits. Frontiers in Microbiology. 9(2583)Available; https:/doi:10.3389/fmicb.2018.02583.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2018.02583

Interpretive Summary: In this work, antifungal activities of ginger oleoresin (GO) against P. microspora, a dominant pathogenic fungus that causes rotten disease in harvested Chinese olive, was investigated and confirmed. Both 50%- and 90%-inhibition concentrations were determined. The deactivation mechanisms were further studied. As a result, GO was recognized as a promising antifungal agent for Chinese olive crop.

Technical Abstract: Pestalotiopsis microspora (P. microspora) is one of dominant pathogenic fungi causing rotten disease in harvested Chinese olive (Canarium album Lour.) fruits. The purposes of this study were to evaluate the antifungal activities of ginger oleoresin (GO) against P. microspora and to illuminate the underlying action mechanisms. The in vitro assays indicate that GO exhibited strong antifungal activity against mycelial growth of P. microspore, and with 50%-inhibition concentration (EC50) and 90%-inhibition concentration (EC90) at 2.04 µL GO and 8.87 µL GO per mL propylene glycol, respectively, while the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimal fungicidal concentration were at 10 µL GO and 30 µL GO per mL propylene glycol, respectively. Spore germination of P. microspora was inhibited by GO in a dose-dependent manner, and with 100% inhibition rate at the concentration of 8 µL GO per mL propylene glycol. Compared to the control, the cellular membrane permeability of P. microspora increased due to severe leakage of intercellular electrolytes, soluble proteins, and total sugars with the treatments (EC50, EC90) by GO during incubation. In addition, analysis of fatty acid contents and compositions in cellular membrane by GC-MS indicated that GO could significantly promote the degradation or peroxidation of unsaturated fatty acids in P. microspore, resulting in the enhancement of membrane fluidity. Moreover, observations of microstructure further showed the damage to plasma membrane and morphology of P. microspora caused by GO, which resulted in distortion, sunken and shriveled spores and mycelia of the pathogen. Furthermore, in vivo assay confirmed that over 3 MIC GO treatments remarkably suppressed disease development in P. microspore inoculated-Chinese olive fruit. These results demonstrate that owing to its strong antifungal activity, GO can be used as a promising antifungal agent to inhibit the growth of pathogenic fungi in Chinese olives.