Management of postharvest diseases using Australian essential oils


The project will evaluate the effectiveness of some Australian essential oils including Lemon Myrtle ( Backhusia citriodora), Aniseed Myrtle (Anetholea anisata ) and Tea tree (Melealeuca alternifolia) and their active constituents against main postharvest pathogens such as: Botrytis cinerea, Monilinia spp. Geotrichum candida and Fusarium spp. In vitro and in vivo trials on antifungal proprieties of selected essential oils will be conducted against the above postharvest pathogens.


New and Emerging Plant Industries

Research Organisation

New South Wales Department of Industry and Investment for and on behalf of the State of NSW - Inactive

Objective Summary

The objectives of the project are: 1.To compare the antifungal properties of lemon myrtle oil against citral and aniseed myrtle oil against transanethole on selected horticultural postharvest pathogens in vitro. 2.To evaluate the optimal application methods for the selected oils/components in vivo against inoculated and noninoculated products. 3.To establish the efficacy of the oils/components in vivo treatments necessary to achieve at least 50% reduction in postharvest disease. 4.To trial whether treatment with the selected oils/components under these conditions taints the taste of the product. 5. To submit for publication results of this work in peerreviewed plant pathology/postharvest journals.

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Project Start Date

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Project Completion Date

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

An environmentally sustainable Australia

National Priority

Soil, water and managing natural resources

National Priority

NEPI-Feasibility studies and industry literature reviews


Related publications


Management of Postharvest Diseases of Horticultural Crops using Australian Essential Oils