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  • 1 Department of Plant Pathology, Agricultural College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Madurai-625 104, Tamil Nadu, India
  • | 2 Department of Plant Pathology, Agricultural College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Madurai-625 104, Tamil Nadu, India
  • | 3 Department of Plant Pathology, Agricultural College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Madurai-625 104, Tamil Nadu, India
  • | 4 Department of Plant Pathology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Coimbatore-641 003, Tamil Nadu, India
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Seed extracts of pearl millet, sorghum, Japanese barnyard millet, foxtail millet, samai and proso millet were evaluated in vitro for their ability to inhibit the growth of Rhizoctonia solani, Macrophomina phaseolina and Fusarium oxysporum. Among them, seed extracts of pearl millet and sorghum were highly effective in inhibiting the growth of all three examined phytopathogenic fungi. The seed extracts were tested for the presence of thaumatin-like proteins (TLPs) by Western blot analysis using bean TLP antiserum. Results of Western blot analysis indicated the presence of a 23-kDa TLP in seeds of pearl millet, sorghum and Japanese barnyard millet. The 23-kDa TLP was more abundant in the seeds of pearl millet. The distribution of TLP in various parts of pearl millet was analyzed by Western blotting. The results indicated that the 23 kDa TLP was predominantly expressed in seeds and inflorescence of pearl millet.

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