Saturday, January 15, 2011

Antibiosis: Mechanisms of Antifungal Action

This post is a continuing series of the Trichoderma a Magical Plant Health Manager:
This is the second major mechanism implicated in the biocontrol of pathogens by Trichoderma. Trichoderma species are reported to produce a number of antibiotics. These include gliotoxin and glioviridin from T. virens, viridin, alkyl pyrones, isonitriles, polyketides, peptaibols, diketopiperazines, sesquiterpenes and some steroids from other Trichoderma species.
My next post will be on the most accepted mechanism of anti-fungal action of the BCAs i.e. Competition .