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Trichoderma SPP : a biocontrol agent for sustainable management of plant diseases


Laila Naher and Umi Kalsom Yusof and Ahmad Ismail and Kausar Hossain (2014) Trichoderma SPP : a biocontrol agent for sustainable management of plant diseases. Pakistan Journal of Botany, 46 (4). pp. 1489-1493. ISSN 2070-3368


Trichoderma spp. are mainly asexual fungi that are present in all types of agricultural soils and also in decaying wood. The
antagonistic activity of Trichoderma species showed that it is parasitic on many soil-borne and foliage pathogens. The fungus is
also a decomposer of cellulosic waste materials. Recent discoveries show that the fungi not only act as biocontrol agents, but
also stimulate plant resistance, and plant growth and development resulting in an increase in crop production. The biocontrol
activity involving mycoparasitism, antibiotics and competition for nutrients, also induces defence responses or systemic
resistance responses in plants. These responses are an important part of Trichoderma in biocontrol program. Currently,
Trichoderma spp., is being used to control plant diseases in sustainable diseases management systems. This paper reviews the
published information on Trichoderma spp., and its biocontrol activity in sustainable disease management programs.

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Item Type: Non-Indexed Article
Collection Type: Institution
Date: 2014
Journal or Publication Title: Pakistan Journal of Botany
ISSN: 2070-3368
Subject Heading: Biological pest control agents
Subject Heading: Plant diseases
Faculty/Centre/Office: Faculty of Agro - Based Industry
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