Trichoderma: a Potential Biocontrol Agent for Soilborne Fungal Pathogens

Author's: Muhammad Naeem Iqbal, Asfa Ashraf
Corresponding Author: Muhammad Naeem Iqbal      Email:
Article Type: Editorial     Published: Apr. 30, 2019 Pages: Online first
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Plants are susceptible to diseases with far-reaching economic implications. Infections with phytopathogenic fungi are among the most worrying of these diseases as it may result in significant crop yield losses. Some of the fungi produce potentially toxic compounds which can be harmful to human beings if they are ingested via consumption of contaminated food (Ferre, 2016; Suprapta, 2012).

In general, control of fungal phytopathogens is achieved by applying synthetic fungicides. However, their use has led to problems for the environment and human and animal health (Nunes, 2012), as well as fear-mongering by some opponents of pesticides, has led to considerable changes in people’s attitudes towards the use of pesticides in agriculture. The growing concern about the hazards involved relating to human health and environmental contamination has led to a demand for the development of alternatives to control plant diseases (Carmona-Hernandez et al., 2019).

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Iqbal, M.N, Ashraf, A., 2019. Trichoderma: a Potential Biocontrol Agent for Soilborne Fungal Pathogens. Int. J. Mol. Microbiol., 2(1): IJMM-2019-018.