"The efficacy of agrochemical treatments, based on three different fungicides combined with an insecticide,. was tested in southern Italy for two years on three maize hybrids to control Fusarium ear rot. of maize and the accumulation in the maize kernels of the carcinogenic mycotoxins fumonisins. Insect. damage incidence and severity, disease incidence and severity, identification of Fusarium species and. levels of fumonisin contamination in kernels were determined. Field trials showed in both years that. natural colonization of maize kernels by the fumonisin producing species Fusarium proliferatum and F.. verticillioides (up to 81.5 and 26.5%, respectively) and total fumonisin contamination (up to 68.2gg−1). were highly severe. For all hybrids and in both years, the treatment with the insecticide applied alone. reduced the insect damage severity consistently and the content of fumonisins in the kernel only in half. of the cases, whereas fungicide treatments applied in combination with the insecticide showed a further. significant reduction of fumonisin contamination in the three hybrids and in both years."
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.fcr.2011.05.012|
|Codice identificativo ISI:||000293496400012|
|Codice identificativo Scopus:||2.0-79959326118|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|