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A review on interactions of Trichoderma with Plant and Pathogens

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Plant Pathology, G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar–263145, Uttarakhand, INDIA
  • 2Department of Plant Pathology, G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar–263145, Uttarakhand, INDIA

Res. J. Agriculture & Forestry Sci., Volume 3, Issue (2), Pages 20-23, February,8 (2015)

Abstract

Trichoderma spp. are the most successful bio-fungicides used in today’s agriculture with more than 60 % of the registered bio-fungicides world-wide being Trichoderma based. Induction of plant defense and mycoparasitism (killing of one fungus by another) are considered to be the most important mechanisms of Trichoderma mediated biological control. Several strategies have been applied to identify the main genes and compounds involved in this complex, three-way cross-talk between the fungal antagonist, the plant, and microbial pathogens. Understanding these mechanisms at the molecular level would help in developing strains with superior biocontrol properties. In this article, we review our current understanding of the genetics of interactions of Trichoderma with plants and plant pathogens.

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