Assessment of select isolates of Trichoderma virens as a potential biocontrol against Meloidogyne incognita
Mallozzi, Tonya Suzanne
Kratochvil, Robert J.
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Three isolates of the soil-dwelling fungal organism, Trichoderma virens (Miller, Giddens and Foster) von Arx., were studied as potential biocontrols for the management of root-knot nematode (RKN) on bell pepper (Capsicum annuum L.). The study was conducted within the Moisture Replacement System (MRS), which was concurrently evaluated for its ability to serve as a culture system for Meloidogyne incognita (Kofoid and White) Chitwood and as an environment supportive of the growth and maintenance of Trichoderma isolates for biocontrol studies of this nature. Trichoderma isolates selected for study did not suppress populations of RKN on bell pepper under the conditions of this study. A review of the literature provided a multitude of complexities potentially contributing to the final results obtained. Investigation into these various complexities with the incorporation of the MRS will help to fully ascertain Trichoderma's potential as a biocontrol and perhaps reveal viable alternatives in the management of RKN.