Population density of Trichoderma fungi in natural environments and agrosystems of a Cerrado area
Keywords:soil microflora, biocontrol agent, microbial population
AbstractAbstract: Soil microorganisms present a great diversity, involving taxonomically distinct groups that play a role in the decomposition of organic matter, nutrient cycling, soil aggregation, among others. In this diversity, the fungi of the genus Trichoderma have been successful plant pathogen biocontrol agents, as plant growth promoters and as inducers of plant resistance to diseases. In addition, they are important in the sustainability of natural ecosystems. Aiming to verify the population density of Trichoderma fungi in natural environments and agroecosystems, in Cerrado area, samples of soils and roots from native vegetation and agroecological production system were collected in the Federal District, Brazil. The collection points were randomly selected, and each soil or root sample was individually wrapped. The soil adhered to the roots was removed for evaluations. Serial sample dilutions and number of Colony Forming Units (CFUs) of Trichoderma isolates were performed. The results showed that the number of CFU varied depending on the plant and location evaluated. The replacement of native vegetation by organic farming systems did not result in a significant reduction in this number.
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Silva, J. B. T. da, Marques, E., Menezes, J. E., Silva, J. P. da, & Mello, S. C. M. de. (2020). Population density of Trichoderma fungi in natural environments and agrosystems of a Cerrado area. Biota Neotropica, 20(4). Retrieved from //www.biotaneotropica.org.br/BN/article/view/1767