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The fungal biocontrol agent Coniothyrium minitans: production by solid-state fermentation, application and marketing



The fungal biocontrol agent Coniothyrium minitans: production by solid-state fermentation, application and marketing



Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 56(1/2): 58-68



Biological control agents (BCAs) are potential alternatives for the chemical fungicides presently used in agriculture to fight plant diseases. Coniothyrium minitans is an example of a promising fungal BCA. It is a naturally occurring parasite of the fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, a wide-spread pathogen which substantially reduces the yield of many crops. This review describes, exemplified by C. minitans, the studies that need to be carried out before a fungal BCA is successfully introduced into the market. The main aspects considered are the biology of C. minitans, the development of a product by mass production of spores using solid-state fermentation technology, its biocontrol activity and marketing of the final product.

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DOI: 10.1007/s002530100678


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