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Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek. 2002 Aug;81(1-4):549-56.

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

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Department of Biological Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.


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.

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