Overview of Mechanisms and Uses of Trichoderma spp.

Phytopathology (Impact Factor: 3.12). 03/2006; 96(2):190-4. DOI: 10.1094/PHYTO-96-0190
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ABSTRACT Fungi in the genus Trichoderma have been known since at least the 1920s for their ability to act as biocontrol agents against plant pathogens. Until recently, the principal mechanisms for control have been assumed to be those primarily acting upon the pathogens and included mycoparasitism, antibiosis, and competition for resources and space. Recent advances demonstrate that the effects of Trichoderma on plants, including induced systemic or localized resistance, are also very important. These fungi colonize the root epidermis and outer cortical layers and release bioactive molecules that cause walling off of the Trichoderma thallus. At the same time, the transcriptome and the proteome of plants are substantially altered. As a consequence, in addition to induction of pathways for resistance in plants, increased plant growth and nutrient uptake occur. However, at least in maize, the increased growth response is genotype specific, and some maize inbreds respond negatively to some strains. Trichoderma spp. are beginning to be used in reasonably large quantities in plant agriculture, both for disease control and yield increases. The studies of mycoparasitism also have demonstrated that these fungi produce a rich mixture of antifungal enzymes, including chitinases and beta-1,3 glucanases. These enzymes are synergistic with each other, with other antifungal enzymes, and with other materials. The genes encoding the enzymes appear useful for producing transgenic plants resistant to diseases and the enzymes themselves are beneficial for biological control and other processes.

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    • "Trichoderma spp. have been shown to be effective biocontrol agents of soilborne fungi (Benítez et al. 2004;Harman 2006) and plant-parasitic nematodes (Affokpon et al. 2011). They also have been shown to inhibit the growth of Phytophthora spp. "
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    • "In addition, it has been shown extensively that Trichoderma spp. can increase plant growth by the ability to raise nutrient uptake and optimize photosynthetic rates (Chang et al., 1986; Harman, 2006). In the wild, Trichoderma ssp. "
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