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TrichodermaFusarium Interactions: A Biocontrol Strategy to Manage Wilt

  • Ishwar Prakash Sharma
  • Anil K. Sharma
Part of the Rhizosphere Biology book series (RHBIO)


Soil-borne microorganisms are either beneficial or harmful to proper plant growth and crop yield. All these microorganisms share the same niche in the rhizosphere and interact with each other. Fusarium is one of the most important fungal pathogen in the soil, which is found nearly in every agricultural crop and causes yield loss due to suppression in plant growth and development. Various chemical methods are being used for its management, which are expensive and hazardous to the environment for sustainable development due to their toxicity. Biological control is one of the most effective and popular ways to manage it because it has very low level of toxicity in the environmental point of view and is cost-effective. Among the biocontrol agents, Trichoderma is a popular symbiotic fungus that inhibits or controls the Fusarium wilt through the mechanism of mycoparasitism, completion, production of various lytic enzymes, and other antimicrobial activities along with enhancement in the growth of the host plant by the production of plant growth hormones. In the soil, Trichoderma releases various antimycoparasitic proteins, enzymes, volatile and nonvolatile compounds, and other secondary metabolites that have the potency to solubilize nutrients and defend against pathogens. Due to these qualities, Trichoderma enhances growth in plants and protect them from soil pathogenic microorganisms. A mechanism from hyphal attraction to cell lysis via attachment and coiling performed in a series in the interaction of Trichoderma and Fusarium. Thus Trichoderma induces systemic resistance in the host plant due to pathogen inhibition and would be a potent biocontrol agent to attain sustainable agriculture, for better growth, production, and yield.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ishwar Prakash Sharma
    • 1
  • Anil K. Sharma
    • 1
  1. 1.Biological Sciences, CBSHG.B. Pant University of Agriculture & TechnologyPantnagarIndia

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