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ISSN 1392-3196 / e-ISSN 2335-8947
Zemdirbyste-Agriculture, vol. 109, No. 4 (2022), p. 341–348
DOI 10.13080/z-a.2022.109.044

Trichoderma affects plant growth and soil ecological environment: A review

Lixia ZHU, Xin ZHAO, Chenghao WANG, Jiajia WANG, Peiyao WANG, Chunjie TIAN


Trichoderma is a genus of widespread filamentous fungi widely used in agriculture as biofungicides for controlling a wide range of plant diseases. Trichoderma, as is well known, can not only effectively control crop diseases but also improve soil physico-chemical properties and increase soil productivity. However, the effects of its control on crop growth and the soil’s ecological environment are unclear. The results of Trichoderma on disease resistance, yield, and crop growth as well as the effects of Trichoderma on the soil ecological environment from the standpoint of soil physical, chemical, and microbial properties were therefore reported in this study. Furthermore, this paper highlighted the shortcomings of the existing research on the impact of Trichoderma on crop and soil properties and emphasised opportunities to address the gaps in the existing research on the effects of Trichoderma on crops and soil attributes.

This review will provide a theoretical foundation for further research and application of Trichoderma in agricultural production.

Keywords: crop, functional microbes, soil physico-chemical properties, soil microbial organisms.

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