Molecular tools for monitoring Trichoderma in agricultural environments

László Kredics, Liqiong Chen, Orsolya Kedves, Rita Büchner, Lóránt Hatvani, Henrietta Allaga, Viktor D. Nagy, Jamal M. Khaled, Naiyf S. Alharbi, Csaba Vágvölgyi

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Various Trichoderma species possess significance in agricultural systems as biofertilizers or biocontrol agents (BCAs). Besides these beneficial features, certain Trichoderma species can also act as agricultural pests, causing the green mold disease of cultivated mushrooms. This double-faced nature of the genus in agricultural environments points at the importance of proper monitoring tools, which can be used to follow the presence and performance of candidate as well as patented and/or registered biocontrol strains, to assess the possible risks arising from their application, but also to track harmful, unwanted Trichoderma species like the green molds in mushroom growing facilities. The objective of this review is to discuss the molecular tools available for the species- and strain-specific monitoring of Trichoderma, ranging from immunological approaches and fingerprinting tools to exogenous markers, specific primers used in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) as well as "omics" approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1599
JournalFrontiers in Microbiology
Issue numberJUL
Publication statusPublished - Jul 25 2018


  • Biocontrol agent
  • Fingerprinting
  • Marker
  • Monitoring
  • PCR
  • Specific detection
  • Transformation
  • Trichoderma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)

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    Kredics, L., Chen, L., Kedves, O., Büchner, R., Hatvani, L., Allaga, H., Nagy, V. D., Khaled, J. M., Alharbi, N. S., & Vágvölgyi, C. (2018). Molecular tools for monitoring Trichoderma in agricultural environments. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9(JUL), [1599].