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Cassava wastewater as a natural pesticide: Current knowledge and challenges for broader utilisation

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Pinto Zevallos, Delia M. [1] ; Querol, Marco Pereira [2] ; Ambrogi, Bianca G. [1]
Total Authors: 3
[1] Univ Fed Sergipe, Dept Ecol, Marechal Rondon S-N Bairro Rose Elze, BR-49100000 Sao Cristovao - Brazil
[2] Univ Fed Sergipe, Dept Agron Engn, Sao Cristovao - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Review article
Source: Annals of Applied Biology; v. 173, n. 3, p. 191-201, NOV 2018.
Web of Science Citations: 0

Processing of cassava roots into flour or starch results in different waste products, which include a yellowish liquid referred to in Brazil as manipueira. This wastewater contains large quantities of cyanide formed from the hydrolysis of cyanogenic glycosides, which acts as natural plant defence. Studies conducted in Brazil over the past 30 years have looked into the possible applications of cassava wastewater in agricultural processes such as pest management. A number of studies have demonstrated its potential as a pesticide against nematodes, fungi and arthropods. Therefore, this byproduct of cassava production holds potential as a natural pesticide. Here we describe the cyanogenic glycosides of cassava and the factors that affect their content and cyanogenic potential in the plant and the chemical composition of cassava wastewater; we also review what is known about the effects of this effluent as a pesticide against arthropods and pathogens. Challenges for broader use and new avenues for further research on this topic are also proposed. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 14/50871-0 - INCT 2014: National Institute of Science and Technology of Semiochemicals in Agriculture
Grantee:José Roberto Postali Parra
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants