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Potential of Trichoderma spp. and Talaromyces flavus for biological control of potato stem rot caused by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum


Sixteen isolates belonging to 11 species of Trichoderma (T. asperellum, T. ceramicum, T. andinensis, T. orientalis, T. atroviride, T. viridescens, T. brevicompactum, T. harzianum, T. virens, T. koningii and T. koningiopsis) were evaluated for biological control of potato (Solanum tuberosum) stem rot caused by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. In dual culture tests, all antagonists significantly reduced sclerotia formation, and were able to inhibit radial growth of the pathogen. Growth inhibition by production of volatile and non-volatile inhibitors was also measured in in vitro tests. In screening the most efficient species of Trichoderma, establishment of mycelium on sclerotia and sclerotia lysis were also considered as important biocontrol qualities. Excluding T. asperellum, T. brevicompactum, T. andinensis and T. harzianum, all tested Trichoderma species were able to lyse sclerotia. The sclerotia-destroying species of Trichoderma and one isolate of Talaromyces flavus were tested in greenhouse tests and during 2 years of field experimentation during the 2007 and 2008 cropping seasons. After one aerial application of spore suspension in greenhouse trials, T. koningii, T. virens, T. ceramicum and T. viridescens were the most effective bio-agents and reduced significantly disease severity, and the least biocontrol efficacy was observed in T. flavus. Under field conditions and after five soil and foliar applications of spore suspension, all tested antagonists reduced significantly disease incidence. T. viridescens followed by T. ceramicum showed the best results. T. flavus and T. orientalis were less effective than other tested antagonists in both field trials.

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The author would like to extend sincere gratitude to Dr. Doostmorad Zafari, Dr. Gholam Khodakaramian and Dr. Mohammad Javad Soleimani for their technical support and for their advice to improve this article.

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Ojaghian, M.R. Potential of Trichoderma spp. and Talaromyces flavus for biological control of potato stem rot caused by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum . Phytoparasitica 39, 185–193 (2011).

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  • Diffusible inhibitors
  • Dual culture technique
  • Hamadan
  • Solanum tuberosum
  • Volatile inhibitors