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Solar photocatalytic disinfection of agricultural pathogenic fungi: Fusarium species

Sichel, C., de Cara, M., Tello, J., Blanco, J. and Fernandez Ibanez, P (2007) Solar photocatalytic disinfection of agricultural pathogenic fungi: Fusarium species. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 74 (1-2). pp. 152-160. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apcatb.2007.02.005

DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2007.02.005


The ability of solar-only and solar photocatalytic (TiO2) disinfection batch-process reactors to inactivate fungal pathogens was evaluated. The photocatalytic disinfection of five wild strains of the Fusarium genus (F. equiseti, F. oxysporum, F. anthophilum, F. verticillioides, and F. solani), a common plant pathogen in Spain and around the world, was successfully achieved. Different disinfection times (1–6 h) were necessary to inactivate a fungus concentration in water of 103 CFU/mL to almost zero by solar photocatalysis. The order of sensitivity to solar disinfection was F. oxysporum > F. solani > F. verticillioides > F. anthophilum > F. equiseti. The presence of the TiO2 photocatalyst under solar radiation showed a positive effect on lost fungus viability. The photocatalytic disinfection times were shorter and disinfection better than for solar-only disinfection. The order of photocatalytic sensitivity was different from solar disinfection: F. verticillioides > F. oxysporum > F. solani > F. anthophilum > F. equiseti.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Solar disinfection; TiO2 photocatalysis; Fusarium; Soilborne fungus
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Engineering
Research Institutes and Groups:Engineering Research Institute
Engineering Research Institute > Nanotechnology & Integrated BioEngineering Centre (NIBEC)
ID Code:37920
Deposited By: Dr Pilar Fernandez-Ibanez
Deposited On:30 May 2017 08:25
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:29

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