Article: Trichoderma harzianum: biocontrol to Rhizoctonia solani and biostimulation in Pachyphytum oviferum and Crassula falcata

Domenico Prisa *

CREA Research Centre for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Via dei Fiori 8, 51012 Pescia, PT, Italy.
Research Article
World Journal of Advanced Research and Reviews, 2019, 03(03), 011–018.
Article DOI: 10.30574/wjarr.2019.3.3.0066
Publication history:
Received on 20 September 2019; revised on 10 October 2019; accepted on 15 October 2019
Abstract:
In this study the possibility of using Trichoderma harzianum as a possible promoter of the growth of plants of Pachyphytum oviferum and Crassula falcata and in the biocontrol of Rhizoctonia solani was evaluated. The 2 experimental groups under cultivation were: 1) group without Trichoderma (CTRL), irrigated with water and previously fertilized substrate; 2) group with Trichoderma harzianum (TH) and fertilized substrate. The test showed a significant increase in the agronomic parameters analysed in plants treated with Trichoderma harzianum (TH). In fact, all plants treated with (TH) showed a significant increase in the number of leaves, plant height, vegetative and root weight, new shoots number, stem diameter, flowers and inflorescences number, flowering time. The use of Trichoderma harzianum can significantly influence photosynthesis and chlorophyll content in Pachyphytum oviferum and Crassula falcata and control the development of Rhizoctonia solani.  The use of this antagonistic microorganism could therefore be a valid alternative for those growers who, during the cultivation cycle of ornamental and horticultural plants, pay attention to plant quality and respect for the environment, optimizing the use of fertilizers and reducing the application of plant protection products.
Keywords:
Succulent; Biocontrol; Endophitism; Plant growth; Antagonism; Cactus
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How to cite this article:
Domenico P. (2019). Trichoderma harzianum: biocontrol to Rhizoctonia solani and biostimulation in Pachyphytum oviferum and Crassula falcata. World Journal of Advanced Research and Reviews, 3(3), 11-18.
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