Antifungal activities of extracts produced by liquid fermentations of Chilean Stereum species against Botrytis cinerea (grey mould agent)

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Extracts obtained from liquid mycelial fermentations of Chilean species of the Stereum genus showed antifungal activity against Botrytis cinerea. Thirty-six strains were evaluated in vivo and in vitro assays, 25 belonging to Stereum hirsutum (Sh) and 11 to Stereum rameale (Sr). Two types of extracts were obtained: EtOAc-extract (liquid phase) and MeOH-extract (mycelial phase). Plate diffusion assay showed that EtOAc-extracts were more active than MeOH-extracts. S. hirsutum included 4 strains with the highest antifungal activity (Sh134-11, Sh144-11, Sh152-11, Sh155-11) and S. rameale highlighted with two strains (Sr25-11, Sr27-11). Effects on the mycelial growth of B. cinerea showed that EtOAc-extracts produced by S. hirsutum (Sh134-11, Sh152-11) inhibited from 1000 μg mL−1, reaching 67 and 49%, respectively. At 2000 μg mL−1, these strains inhibited nearly 80% of mycelial growth. EtOAc-extract of Sh134-11 was more effective to control the sporogenesis, inhibiting in 100% the sporulation at 500 μg mL−1. Assays showed that Sh134-11 and Sh152-11 exhibited a minimal fungicidal concentration (MFC) of 50 and 100 μg mL−1 respectively and minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) at 20 μg mL−1. EtOAc-extracts of Sr25-11 and Sr27-11 showed MFC value at 100 μg mL−1 and MIC at 20 and 50 μg mL−1, respectively. Strawberries treated with 1000 μg mL−1of Sh134-11 and Sr25-11 reached 82 and 72% of decay inhibition, respectively. Treatments with 2000 μg mL−1 showed a decay inhibition of 90% approximately. In vivo tests are in accordance with the results obtained in vitro assays, confirming the efficacy of Sh134-11 and Sr25-11 to control B. cinerea. Differences in antifungal activities observed in the different strains suggested that the ability to produce bioactive compounds is not homogenously distributed among S. hirsutum and S. rameale. Our study would suggest that submerged fermentations of Chilean S. hirsutum strain Sh134-11 produce extracts, which could be used as possible biofungicides and an alternative to synthetic fungicides.


  • Pedro Aqueveque
  • Carlos L. Céspedes
  • Julio Alarcón
  • Guillermo Schmeda-Hirschmann
  • Juan A. Cañumir
  • José Becerra
  • Mario Silva
  • Olov Sterner
  • Rudy Radrigán
  • Mario Aranda
External organisations
  • University of Concepción
  • University of Bío-Bío
  • University of Talca
Research areas and keywords

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  • Agricultural Science


  • Antifungal, Botrytis, Chilean fungi, Stereum, Submerged cultures
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-100
Number of pages6
JournalCrop Protection
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Nov 1
Publication categoryResearch