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Could Trichoderma Be a Plant Pathogen? Successful Root Colonization

  • Jorge PovedaEmail author
  • Daniel Eugui
  • Patricia Abril-Urias
Part of the Rhizosphere Biology book series (RHBIO)


Root colonization by Trichoderma requires a complex molecular dialogue between fungus and plant. This colonization is limited to the outermost layers of the root and does not penetrate the plant vascular bundle. It is possible for a symbiotic relationship to be established in which Trichoderma improves plant growth and development through increasing systemic resistance against future possible attacks from pests and/or pathogens, increasing tolerance to abiotic stresses (i.e. salinity, drought, low temperatures), improving the capacity to absorb nutrients and actively stimulating plant growth. Various studies have shown that the ability to activate plant defences via salicylic acid (SA) is essential for the proper development of root colonization. Otherwise, Trichoderma would cross the thin line between symbiotic microorganism and opportunistic pathogen, reaching the root vascular bundle and causing the death of the plant tissues.


Trichoderma Root colonization Salicylic acid Benefits Plant pathogen 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jorge Poveda
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Daniel Eugui
    • 1
    • 3
  • Patricia Abril-Urias
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.Spanish-Portuguese Institute for Agricultural Research (CIALE)University of SalamancaSalamancaSpain
  2. 2.Biological Mission of Galicia (CSIC)PontevedraSpain
  3. 3.Blue Agro BioscienceNoainSpain
  4. 4.Institute of Environmental Sciences of Castilla-La Mancha (ICAM)University of Castilla-La ManchaToledoSpain

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