Trichoderma: A Multifaceted Fungus for Sustainable Agriculture

  • Swati Sachdev
  • Rana Pratap Singh


Sustainable agricultural practices are keys for food security of the world’s burgeoning population. Trichoderma is a ubiquitous fungus that offers several avenues for sustainable agriculture. The panoply of mechanisms displayed by several species of Trichoderma makes them a better solution for conventional agricultural problems. Plant protection from unfavorable biotic and abiotic conditions under circumstances of changing global climatic scenario and promoting their growth in soil with limited or poor nutrient conditions are marvelous attributes of Trichoderma. Understanding the mechanisms such as the function of secondary metabolites and cell wall degrading enzymes in mycoparasitism and antibiosis, pathways triggered for induced systemic resistance and enhanced nutrient use efficiency displayed by different strains of Trichoderma at the physiological, biochemical, and molecular level are essential for harnessing their potential efficiently. Gathering information on performances of Trichoderma spp. under variable environmental conditions and their vigilant amalgamation for selection of strains with multiple activity and/or development of consortia for formulation of successful product is the need for current agriculture scenario. The current chapter made an effort to compile information on the beneficial role and mechanisms involved by strains of Trichoderma at different levels to enhance knowledge for exploring future research opportunities.


Antibiosis Consortia Induced systemic resistance Mycoparasitism Nutrient use efficiency Sustainable agriculture 



The authors gratefully acknowledge University Grant Commission, New Delhi, India, for providing UGC-Senior Research Fellowship grant as financial support to Swati Sachdev.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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  1. 1.Department of Environmental Science, School for Environmental SciencesBabasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar UniversityLucknowIndia

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