Trichoderma species — opportunistic, avirulent plant symbionts

@article{Harman2004TrichodermaS,
  title={Trichoderma species — opportunistic, avirulent plant symbionts},
  author={Gary E. Harman and Charles R. Howell and Ada Viterbo and I. L. Chet and Matteo Lorito},
  journal={Nature Reviews Microbiology},
  year={2004},
  volume={2},
  pages={43-56}
}
Trichoderma spp. are free-living fungi that are common in soil and root ecosystems. Recent discoveries show that they are opportunistic, avirulent plant symbionts, as well as being parasites of other fungi. At least some strains establish robust and long-lasting colonizations of root surfaces and penetrate into the epidermis and a few cells below this level. They produce or release a variety of compounds that induce localized or systemic resistance responses, and this explains their lack of… CONTINUE READING
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