Effect of Callosobruchus chinensis infestation on seed quality and mycoflora of pigeon pea seeds.
Ten seed samples of pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan) from Uttar Pradesh, India showed infestation by Callosobruchus chinensis, which caused 45-93% insect damaged seeds. Approximately 58.75-95.5% seeds were infested with insect egg, and seed weight loss ranged 15-39.94%. A total of 17 fungal species from 10 genera were isolated from the seed samples. The fungi commonly associated with insect damaged seeds were Alternaria alternata, Alternaria tenuissima, Aspergillus flavus, Aspergillus niger, Fusarium oxysporum and Rhizopus nigricans [R. stolonifer].