Current Progress in Advanced Research into the Inactivation of Fungi and Yeasts by Gas Plasma
from: Gas Plasma Sterilization in Microbiology: Theory, Applications, Pitfalls and New Perspectives (Edited by: Hideharu Shintani and Akikazu Sakudo). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2016) Pages: 91-102.
Recently, the risk level of fungi has been increased in human health, food safety, agriculture, and ecosystem. Efficient, eco-friendly, and long-lasting control tools for fungal diseases and contaminants are needed more than ever, and plasma has been explored as a candidate tool satisfying these criteria. In this chapter, studies on antifungal activity of plasma are summarized. Numerous studies have demonstrated that plasma treatment can efficiently inactivate fungal spores and disinfect human tissues, paper, fabrics, crop seeds, plant leaves, and foods. Plasma generated reactive species as possible fungicidal factors, may destroy or degenerate fungal cell wall and consecutively damage cell membrane and internal components. However, more experimental studies, particularly in vivo, examining antifungal effects of plasma are still required for proving the potentiality of plasma in fungal disease control. In addition, mechanisms of fungal sterilization by plasma should be elucidated in order to produce useful information applicable to optimization of plasma sterilization technology read more ...