NEW!This definitive manual on Trichoderma identification and its applications in crop management is valuable to those who seek to use beneficial organisms in plant disease controlor for improving crop performance.
This is the 'how to' book for Trichoderma, a genus of ecologically important beneficial microorganisms that has been shown to be useful in meeting critical agricultural challenges such as nutrient and mineral uptake and remediation of toxic elements. Expertly written, the authors draw on and translate the experimental literature to explain how to isolate cultures of Trichoderma and how to select, handle, formulate, identify, and register effective strains of Trichoderma species. They clearly describe the process of identifying Trichoderma cultures to species using molecular and classical techniques. Descriptions and illustrations of forty-five species are provided along with a key for their identification and illustrations for each.The book provides details of isolating Trichoderma, selecting efficacious cultures, maintaining cultures, formulating Trichoderma for application, and applying Trichoderma. This is the first time that such a large number of Trichoderma species has been included in a key. No single source provides so much highly detailed information for identifying Trichoderma and for selecting and applying the selected strains in agriculture. The growing market for organically produced food, combined with an increasing awareness of some of the undesirable effects of chemically based disease control and fertilization demand alternative methods of crop management. Trichoderma is recognized for its potential to reduce use of these chemicals and can be part of an integrated crop management program that leads to certification of an organic agricultural product. This book guides the reader into the use of Trichoderma.A special section of the manual titled, “Interactions Among Trichoderma Species, Plants, and Their Pathogens: A Primer,” summarizes much of the genomic interaction knowledge from a layman's point of view. This section is important for agriculturalists who want to understand how this beneficial microorganism interacts with the plant and the pathogens. Through this understanding, new applications and advances in crop management techniques will be possible.This spiral-bound laboratory manual provides plant pathologists, biocontrol researchers, diagnosticians, ecologists, mycologists, and even medical/veterinary diagnosticians with a useful resource for identifying Trichoderma and utilizing Trichoderma attributes in agricultural applications and studies.
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"This is a useful source of information for mycologists, pathologists, ecologists, and biocontrol researchers. Therefore this should be available in all schools, research laboratories, community and university libraries."-- Fungal Diversity
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