Trichoderma species are beneficial fungi present in soil that fight a wide range of pathogens while boosting plant growth and yield. A wonderful gift from nature!
Trichoderma is a genus of fungi that belongs to the family Hypocreaceae, encompassing about twenty species of cellulolytic fungi. With shades of white, yellow, green, depending on the development stage, it's kind of fibrous, like cellulose.
This fungus establishes a symbiotic relationship with soil life and the plants growing in it.
One of the first scientific publications about Trichoderma dates back to the early '30s, a time when its antibiotic properties and suitability for biological control had already been recognised. However, it wasn't until the '80s that the first Trichoderma-containing products appeared on the market.
The most common species was "Trichoderma Harzanium T22", marketed in 1996 in the U.S. by a local company known for carrying out the most advanced research work in the sector regarding biological control. These investigations wouldn't have been possible if it hadn't been for the collaboration of Cornell University. Trichoderma Harzanium is the most widely used species for biological control today.
Its main beneficial symbiotic action happens when Trichoderma species and strains of rhizosphere, Pseudomonas, Bacillus, streptomyces or Enterobacteria, come together. These living microorganisms trigger a series of mechanisms that result in heightened resistance to a wide variety of diseases and in a major increase in size and yields.
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