The genus Penicillium includes many ubiquitous species which are able to colonize very diverse natural and anthropic contexts as a result of their capacity to adapt to extreme environmental conditions and utilize almost any kind of organic substrate. A number of species are reported to assume agricultural relevance at some extent based on their interactions with cultivated plants and/or other organisms which may sort an effect on the crop outcome. The monoverticillate species Penicillium restrictum is cosmopolitan and mostly regarded as a soil saprotroph. Such a widespread occurrence is reflected in an extensive literature introducing its ecological role and biological properties which are considered and exploited in several biotechnological fields. This review particularly focuses on the antagonistic activity which has been documented against soil-borne plant pathogenic fungi, with special consideration for its recently discovered aptitude to exert mycoparasitism, in view of possible implications for an use as an effective biocontrol agent in crop protection.
|Autori:||Nicoletti, R.;De Stefano, M.|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2012|
|Titolo:||Penicillium restrictum as an antagonist of plant pathogenic fungi|
|Rivista:||DYNAMIC BIOCHEMISTRY, PROCESS BIOTECHNOLOGY & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|