Fungitoxic Activity of Saponins: Practical Use and Fundamental Principles

  • Katalin Gruiz
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 404)


The fungistatic activity of saponins could be demonstrated both in vivo and in vitro. The Trichoderma viride bioassay is based on the in vitro fungistatic effect of saponins. The bioassay is an appropriate method to indicate and measure the fungitoxic saponin content of alfalfa, coronilla or other plants (Zimmer et al, 1967; Jurzysta, 1979). An in vivo effect of saponins is demonstrated in the resistance of plants to moulds (Price et al, 1987).


Fatty Acid Composition Fungistatic Activity Trichoderma Viride Ergosterol Content Saponin Content 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katalin Gruiz
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  1. 1.Agricultural Chemical TechnologyTechnical University of BudapestBudapestHungary

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