Effect of acidic electrolyzed water on the viability of bacterial and fungal plant pathogens and on bacterial spot disease of tomato

Can J Microbiol. 2006 Oct;52(10):915-23. doi: 10.1139/w06-048.


Acidic electrolyzed water (AEW), known to have germicidal activity, was obtained after electrolysis of 0.045% aqueous solution of sodium chloride. Freshly prepared AEW (pH 2.3-2.6, oxidation-reduction potential 1007-1025 mV, and free active chlorine concentration 27-35 ppm) was tested in vitro and (or) on tomato foliage and seed surfaces for its effects on the viability of plant pathogen propagules that could be potential seed contaminants. Foliar sprays of AEW were tested against bacterial spot disease of tomato under greenhouse and field conditions. The viability of propagules of Xanthomonas campestris pv. vesicatoria (bacterial spot pathogen), Streptomyces scabies (potato scab pathogen), and Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. lycopersici (root rot pathogen) was significantly reduced 4-8 log units within 2 min of exposure to AEW. Immersion of tomato seed from infected fruit in AEW for 1 and 3 min significantly reduced the populations of X. campestris pv. vesicatoria from the surface of the seed without affecting seed germination. Foliar sprays of AEW reduced X. campestris pv. vesicatoria populations and leaf spot severity on tomato foliage in the greenhouse. In the field, multiple sprays of AEW consistently reduced bacterial spot severity on tomato foliage. Disease incidence and severity was also reduced on fruit, but only in 2003. Fruit yield was either enhanced or not affected by the AEW sprays. These results indicate a potential use of AEW as a seed surface disinfectant or contact bactericide.

MeSH terms

  • Disinfectants / pharmacology*
  • Electrolysis
  • Fusarium / drug effects
  • Fusarium / physiology*
  • Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
  • Lycopersicon esculentum / microbiology*
  • Microbial Viability / drug effects
  • Oxidation-Reduction
  • Plant Diseases / microbiology*
  • Seeds / microbiology
  • Spores, Bacterial / drug effects
  • Spores, Fungal / drug effects
  • Streptomyces / drug effects
  • Streptomyces / physiology*
  • Water / chemistry*
  • Water / pharmacology
  • Xanthomonas campestris / drug effects
  • Xanthomonas campestris / physiology*


  • Disinfectants
  • Water