Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 6 No. 4

rain Substrate evaluation for mass cultivation of Trichoderma harzianum

J.R. Pandya1*, A.N. Sabalpara2, S.K. Chawda3 and R.R. Waghunde4

1Sardarkrushinagar Dantiwada Agricultural University, S.K. Nagar, Dantiwada - 385 505, India. 2Navsari Agricultural University, Navsari, Gujarat, India. 3Department of Agricultural Entomology, 4Department of Plant Pathology, N.M. College of Agriculture, Navsari Agricultural University, Navsari, Gujarat, India.

Received on 8 April 2012 and accepted on 14 May 2012

 

ABSTRACT

Now a day, the environmental pollution caused by disproportionate use of chemical pesticides increased the interests in biological based integrated disease management, where chemical pesticides are substituted by bio-pesticides to control plant diseases. Trichoderma spp. is a potential fungal biocontrol agent against a range of plant pathogens. The major issue involved in mass production and utilization of bioagents are selection of efficient strains, development cost effective methods, for mass multiplication, effective methods for storage, and its formulation. Present study deals with use of different cereal grains for their suitability as substrates for mass multiplication Trichoderma harzianum. Sorghum grain was found as superior substrate as it gave maximum population (c.f.u.) and can be used for the effective mass multiplication of ThCh-1.

Keywords : Trichoderma harzianum, sorghum grains, mass cultivation.