Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

, Volume 81, Issue 1–4, pp 549–556 | Cite as

Significance of lytic enzymes from Trichoderma spp. in the biocontrol of fungal plant pathogens

  • Ada Viterbo
  • Ofir Ramot
  • Leonid Chernin
  • Ilan Chet


The use of specific mycolytic soil microorganisms to control plant pathogens is an ecological approach to overcome the problems caused by standard chemical methods of plant protection. The ability to produce lytic enzymes is a widely distributed property of rhizosphere-competent fungi and bacteria. Due to the higher activity of Trichoderma spp. lytic enzymes as compared to the same class of enzymes from other microorganisms and plants, effort is being aimed at improving biocontrol agents and plants by introducing Trichoderma genes via genetic manipulations. An overview is presented of the data currently available on lytic enzymes from the mycoparasitic fungus Trichoderma.

biocontrol lytic enzymes mycoparasitism plant protection rhizosphere bacteria Trichoderma harzianum 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ada Viterbo
    • 1
  • Ofir Ramot
    • 2
  • Leonid Chernin
    • 2
  • Ilan Chet
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological ChemistryWeizmann Institute of ScienceRehouotIsrael
  2. 2.Otto Warburg Center for Agricultural BiotechnologyThe Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Quality SciencesRehovotIsrael

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