Monday 16 June 2014


Trichoderma spp. are cosmopolitan soil-dwelling molds. They attack diverse organic materials and through their degradative activities produce a range of potentially useful enzymes and secondary metabolites. A few species are invasive and present a concern to the production of certain foods, such as to the mushroom industry. Furthermore, one species, Trichoderma longibrachiatum, is a common house mold. On the more positive side, other species have been developed as biocontrol agents because they possess properties that are antagonistic to plant pathogens. Furthermore, certain species are used as stimulators of plant growth.

In relation to this, Tim Sandle has written an article for the new edition of the Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology. The reference is:

Sandle, T., 2014. Trichoderma. In: Batt, C.A., Tortorello, M.L. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology, vol 3. Elsevier Ltd, Academic Press, pp. 644–646

For more details about the Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology, please see: EFC

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