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Summa Phytopathologica

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Summa phytopathol. vol.38 no.3 Botucatu July/Sept. 2012 



Fungicides, seed dresser adjuvants and storage time in the control of Drechslera teres in barley seeds


Fungicidas veículos de cobertura e tempo de armazenamento no controle de Drechslera teres em sementes de cevada



Erlei Melo ReisI, *, **; Anderson DanelliI; Ricardo Trezzi CasaII, **

IUniversidade de Passo Fundo, RS
IIUniversidade Desenvolvimento de Santa Catarina, Lages, SC




In experiments conducted in laboratory, the effect of fungicides, seed dresser adjuvants and storage time in the control of Drechslera teres in seeds of barley cultivar BRS Elis, with 58% incidence, was quantified. Fungicides indicated by barley research (carboxin + thiram, difenoconazole and triadimenol) compared with the mixture carbendazim + iprodione were tested. As seed dresser adjuvants, water (500m mL/100 Kg) and a polymer (150 mL/100 Kg) were used. Treated seeds were stored in paper bags and kept in the refrigerator at 5ºC. At 30-day intervals during six months, seeds were plated on semi-selective Reis's medium (1983). The best control was obtained by the mixtures carboxin + thiram and carbendazim + iprodione and the polymer as seed dresser. The control efficiency was improved by the storage time without negatively affecting seed germination. Due to the transmission efficiency, the fungus eradication in seeds should be pursued.

Additional keywords: Hordeum vulgare, net-blotch, seed pathology.


Em experimentos conduzidos em laboratório quantificou-se o efeito de fungicidas, de veículos de cobertura e do tempo de armazenamento no controle de Drechslera teres em sementes de cevada cultivar BRS Elis com incidência natural de 58%. Foram testados os fungicidas nas doses indicadas pela pesquisa de cevada (carboxina + tiram, difenoconazol e triadimenol) comparados com a mistura carbendazim + iprodiona. Como veículos testou-se a água (500 mL/100 kg) e um polímero (150 mL/100 kg). As sementes após o tratamento foram armazenadas em sacos de papel e mantidas em refrigerador a 5ºC. A intervalos de 30 dias, até completar três meses, as sementes foram plaqueadas em meio semi-seletivo de Reis (1983). O melhor controle foi obtido pelas misturas carboxina + tiram e carbendazim + iprodiona, com o veículo polímero. A eficiência do controle foi melhorada pelo tempo de armazenamento sem afetar negativamente a germinação das sementes. Devido à eficiência de transmissão a erradicação do fungo em sementes deve ser perseguida.

Palavras-chave adicionais: Hordeum vulgare, mancha-em-rede, patologia de sementes.



In the 2010 growing season in Brazil, barley crop was cultivated in an area of 80,000 ha, yielding a final production of 248,000 t. In that season, 200,000 sacks of seeds (40kg/sack) were sown (4).

The main fungi associated with barley seeds are those causing leaf spots such as net-blotch (Drechslera teres (Sacc.)Schoem), heminthosporiosis [Bipolaris sorokiniana (Sacc.) Shoem.], stripe-blotch [D. graminea (Rabe.) Schoem], and scab [Gibberella zeae (Schw.) Petch]. The major inoculum sources of these pathogens are seeds and host crop residues (6).

The damage caused by barley net-blotch can be assessed by using the linear equation y = 1,000 13.9 I (where y = barley normalized grain yield kg/ha), I = leaf incidence (%) (10).

Net-blotch control measures are focused on the development of cultivars especially resistant to D. teres and B. sorokiniana, crop rotation with plant species non-susceptible to target pathogens and, fungicide applied in seeds and sprayed on above-ground plant parts (12).

Little attention has been given to barley seeds as a source of inoculum for the necrotrophic fungi that cause leaf blotches and common root-rot. Currently, only three fungicides, or mixtures, are recommended for barley seed treatment (carboxin + thiram, difenoconazole and triadimenol) (12).

Nevertheless, their efficiency does not eradicate the pathogenic fungi infecting the barley seed. Moreover, the incidence in harvested seeds is high, further compromising the treatment effectiveness. As a result, everywhere barley is cultivated, there are always leaf blotches causing damage to the crop, even under crop rotation with non-susceptible crops such as oats, rape, canola and hairy vetch (1).

The aims of this study were to (i) improve the performance of fungicides indicated by the barley research; (ii) compare their performance with the mixture carbendazim + iprodione; (iii) test two seed dresser adjuvants; and (iv) determine the effect of seed storage time on improving the control of D. teres in barley seeds.



Barley seeds of the cultivar BRS Elis were treated with fungicides (Table 1) on 08.15.2010 and stored in paper bags inside a refrigerator at 5ºC. Water (500 mL/100 kg) and a polymer (Polyether copolymer Laborsan)(150 mL/100kg of seeds) were used as seed dresser adjuvants to improve seed coverage. Fungicides, seeds and seed dresser adjuvants were mixed in an Erlenmeyer flask by manually shaking until complete seed coverage.

Treated seeds were plated on Reis's (7) semi-selective medium contained in crystal acrylic boxes (11 x 11 x 3.5 cm high)(Gerbox) and incubated for 10-12 days in a growth room at 25ºC and 12h photoperiod given by fluorescent lamps (four GE daylight 40w tubes) 30 cm above the boxes. The evaluations were made on the 15th day following the treatment and at 30-day intervals during four months of storage. Seed germination test was performed according to Brasil (2).

Experimental units consisted of four acrylic boxes, each one containing 25 seeds, totaling 100 seeds per replication in a 2x7 factorial arrangement, including the fungicides as one factor and the vehicle with and without the polymer as other factors, with four replicates. Data underwent analysis of variance and, when significant in the F test, were compared by Tukey's multiple range test at p = 0.05. Experiments were repeated at least twice.



There was significant interaction between the fungicides and the storage times (15, 30, 60, 90, and 120 days) (Tables 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6). The data of D. teres incidence in the treatments were expressed in relation to the incidence in the control. Incidence values in the control are in the footnotes of Tables.



In general, seed companies perform seed treatment near sowing time (barley is seeded in May and June) (12). A large number of growers fear germination reduction by the water used as seed dresser and/or the fungicide phytotoxicity during storage. For this reason, seed treatment is performed close to seeding time.

Seed treatment effectiveness depends on chemical fungitoxicity, fungal sensitivity, and seed coverage quality (1). The fungicide that provides best control of dematiaceous (Bipolaris and Drechslera) fungi in seeds is iprodione, and for Fusarium spp., carbendazim (5, 11). Seed uncovered areas jeopardize the treatment effectiveness; thus, increasing the water volume improves coverage and fungicide effectiveness. However, it may interfere with germination during seed storage. Therefore, the use of nonaqueous adjuvants, such as polymers (Laborsan, may be helpful to solve this problem. Benin (unpublished date) showed that the polymer alone presents some fungitoxic effect to B. sorokiniana in wheat seed.

Seeds treated with fungicides normally show better preservation during storage, with less risk of deterioration when the treatment was properly done (10).

Although little explored, fungicide exposure time (seed storage) can improve control when the goal is 100%, to prevent field seed transmission and the pathogen introduction in the farm. Regardless of the seed treatment time (before or after storage), the effect of fungicides was similar, not affecting the physiological quality of soybean seeds (3).

When water was used as seed dresser, the best result was obtained by the mixture carboxin + thiram (87.5% control), while the polymer dresser, iprodione led to 91.66% control. As to the general mean, dressers did not differ, showing 61.66 and 65.71% control. The fungicides difenoconazole (49.99%) and flutriafol (49.2% control) were least effective. Considering the fungicides indicated by the research, carboxin + thiram, difenoconazole and triadimenol, only the mixture showed the best performance (Table 1).

Regardless of the dresser, the best result was obtained by the mixture carboxin + thiram, 94.31 and 99.13% control, and overall mean of 96.72%. As to the general mean, the dressers did not differ, showing 85.63% and 86.75% control. Nevertheless, better than the control (Table 1) (with 61.66 and 65.71%), 85.63 and 86.75 (Table 2) were obtained due to 30 days storage time. The fungicides flutriafol (78.87%) and triadimenol (77.14%) showed the lowest effectiveness (Table 2).

The best control with water and the polymer dresser in overall mean was obtained with iprodione (92.23, 99.13 and 96.76%, respectively). Seed dressing with polymer significantly improved control (88.23%) over water (78.35%).

Seed germination in the treatments with mixtures of fungicides carboxin + thiram (87%) and iprodione + carbendazim (80%) did not differ statistically. The treatment with carboxin + thiram increased germination relative to control.

The fungitoxicity was different for distinct fungicides, as well as the sensitivity of D. teres to treatments with fungicide. The most efficient mixtures were carboxin + thiram and iprodione + carbendazim.

The performance of a fungicide used for seed treatment depends on its fungitoxicity, the used level and the quality of seed surface coverage. The caryopsis surface roughness of small grains results in poor coverage and in lower control efficiency (8, 9). Seed dresser adjuvants, or coatings, are useful to overcome the difficulty in covering seed surface. Among them are water and non-aqueous coating such as polyethylene glycol (PEG) and polymers (1). The larger the used water volume for better coverage, the more efficient the control. However, high water volumes can initiate the germination of treated and stored seeds. Therefore, the use of non-aqueous vehicles is more advantageous, although more expensive.

Storage by itself for some period of time can reduce the longevity of some pathogenic fungi associated with wheat seeds such as B. sorokiniana (14) and F. graminearum Schwab in wheat seeds (13).

When seed treatment is not capable of preventing seed transmission to above-ground plant parts, it is considered ineffective, not reaching its objectives.

As the main sources of D. teres inoculum are seeds and crop residue, control measures should be directed to these sources such as seed treatment, as explained above, along with crop rotation (6, 9, 10).

In this study, there was a reduction in fungal viability when carboxin + thiram or iprodione + carbendazim were used, reaching a control efficacy that can prevent the introduction of pathogens into new areas. Increasing storage time did not affect germination, and the treatments with the polymer dresser showed higher germination and greater control than those with water.



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Data de chegada: 03/05/2011.
Aceito para publicação em: 16/05/2012.



* Autor para correspondência: Erlei Melo Reis (
** Bolsita do CNPq

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