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Advances in Trichoderma Biology for Agricultural Applications

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  • Enriches understanding of the novel mechanisms of Trichoderma
  • Elucidates the important role of Trichoderma in agroecology
  • Maximizes reader insight into the importance of Trichoderma negative impact

Part of the book series: Fungal Biology (FUNGBIO)

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Table of contents (22 chapters)

  1. Diversity of Trichoderma

  2. Trichoderma and Plant-Pathogenic Fungi

  3. Biology and Genetics of Trichoderma Interactions with Plants

  4. Practical Aspects of Trichoderma Commercialization in Agriculture


About this book

Advances in Trichoderma Biology for Agricultural Applications covers the beneficial properties of Trichoderma in enhancing global agricultural productivity. Trichoderma are biotechnologically significant fungi, being widely used both agriculturally and industrially. In many cases Trichoderma are also a potential drug source of clinical importance. In recent years, driven by advances in genetics and genomics, research on these fungi has opened new avenues for its various applications. This book covers i) Current state of Trichoderma taxonomy, and species identification, ii) Trichoderma and plant-pathogenic fungi interactions, iii) Trichoderma interactions with plants, including rhizosphere competence of Trichoderma, antagonistic potentials, plant growth promotion, and management of various abiotic stresses in plants, iv) Practical aspects of Trichoderma commercialization in agriculture, v) Biosynthesis of metal-based nanoparticles and its application, and vi) Negative impact of Trichoderma strains in the environments.

Reading this book should kindle further discussions among researchers working in fungal biotechnology, microbiology, agriculture, environmental science, forestry, and other allied subjects and thus lead to a broader scope of Trichoderma-based products and technologies. The knowledge shared in this book should also provide a warning on the potential risks associated with Trichoderma.

Editors and Affiliations

  • C.G. Bhakta Institute of Biotechnology, Uka Tarsadia University, Surat, India

    N. Amaresan, Mitesh Kumar Dwivedi

  • School of Life Sciences, Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence, Kalaburagi, India

    A. Sankaranarayanan

  • Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China

    Irina S. Druzhinina

About the editors

Dr. N. Amaresan is an Assistant Professor at C.G. Bhakta Institute of Biotechnology, Uka Tarsadia University, Gujarat. He has over fifteen years of experience in teaching & research in various allied fields of microbiology mainly plant-microbe interactions, bioremediation, plant pathology and others. He has been awarded young scientist awards by Association of Microbiologists of India and National Academy of Biological Sciences. He also been awarded visiting scientist fellowship from National Academy of India to learn advanced techniques. He has published more than 100 research articles, book chapters and books of national and international reputes. He also deposited over 550 16S rDNA, 28S rDNA and ITS rDNA sequences in the Genbank (NCBI, EMBL & DDBJ) and also preserved over 150 microbial germplasm in various culture collection centres of India. He has successfully completed research projects from national funding agencies such as SERB-DST, GUJCOST, UTU, & GEMI and guided studentsfor their doctoral and master degrees.

Dr. A. Sankaranarayanan is an Associate Professor in Life Sciences, Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence, Kalaburagi of Karnataka state, India from June 2021 onwards. His current research focus is on fermented food products. He has published 30 chapters in books, 60 research articles in International and National journals of repute, guided 5 Ph.D., and 16 M.Phil., scholars and operated 5 minor funded projects in Microbiology. From 2002 -2015, he worked as an Assistant Professor & Head, Department of Microbiology, K.S.R. College of Arts & Science, Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu and August, 2015- May, 2021 associated with Uka Tarsadia University, Surat of Gujarat state, India. He has awarded with Indian Academy of Sciences (IASc), National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and The National Academy of Sciences (TNAS) sponsored summer research fellowship for young teachers consecutively for three years and name is included as a Mentor in DST-Mentors/Resource persons for summer/winter camps and other INSPIRE initiatives, Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, New Delhi. He is a Grant reviewer in British Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC), UK.

Dr. Mitesh Kumar Dwivedi is an Assistant Professor of Microbiology at C. G. Bhakta Institute of Biotechnology, Uka Tarsadia University. He has published 51 research papers in reputed journals, written 14 book chapters and is editor of 6 books. He has h-index of 21 with 1521 citations for his research papers. He has more than 13 years of experience in research & teaching in various allied fields of microbiology & life science including host-microbe interaction, probiotics, herbal medicine, immunobiology and others. He has been serving as an editorial board member and reviewer of many international journals. He has been honoured with international as well as national awards for excellent research performance [Best Researcher Award (2020), INSA Visiting Scientist Award (2019), DST-SERB Early Career Research Award (2018), Young Scientist Awards (2011, 2013 & 2018)]. He secured All India rank ‘32’ in CSIR-NET national examination (2011; Life Sciences). He has successfully completed research projects from national funding agencies such as SERB-DST, GUJCOST, UTU, Neosciences & Research Solutions Pvt. Ltd. and guided students for their doctoral and master degrees.

Dr. Irina S. Druzhinina is a professor of Microbiology in the College of Resources and Environmental Sciences in Nanjing Agricultural University (China), head of the International Committee on Trichoderma Taxonomy, member of the International Committee of Taxonomy of Fungi, IUMS, and an editor of the Applied and Environmental Microbiology (AEM) journal (ASM).  Before moving to China in 2019, for many years, Irina ran the group of Microbiology and Applied Genomics in TU Wien (Vienna, Austria), where she studied fungal DNA Barcoding andmolecular evolution, genomics, and ecophysiology of Trichoderma and other hypocrealean fungi. The newly established Fungal Genomics Laboratory (FungiG) in Nanjing continues the research on the genus Trichoderma, focusing on its ecological genomics and fitness. In particular, the group is interested in the development of a Trichoderma-based model for systems biology investigation of filamentous fungi.  Furthermore, the group studies the function and production of fungal surface-active proteins (hydrophobins, cerato-platanins) and their role in the fungal lifestyle. The applied research of Irina and her colleagues targets the improvement of the biological degradation of synthetic polymers and the development of biological products for plant protection and growth promotion.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Advances in Trichoderma Biology for Agricultural Applications

  • Editors: N. Amaresan, A. Sankaranarayanan, Mitesh Kumar Dwivedi, Irina S. Druzhinina

  • Series Title: Fungal Biology

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-91649-7Published: 11 June 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-91652-7Published: 11 June 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-91650-3Published: 09 June 2022

  • Series ISSN: 2198-7777

  • Series E-ISSN: 2198-7785

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 650

  • Number of Illustrations: 16 b/w illustrations, 60 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Mycology, Microbiology, Plant Pathology, Biotechnology, Plant Breeding/Biotechnology, Agriculture

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