BCA against Fusarium
The overall objective is to develop a seed treatment for maize and wheat for the control of Fusarium spp. based on an already selected strain of the biological control agent Trichoderma harzianum. The specific objectives are:
- To characterize the Trichoderma harzianum strain and complement existing knowledge on characteristics of this strain.
- To determine the minimum effective dose of T. harzianum and its effect on Fusarium survival under controlled conditions in soil on roots.
- To develop an effective commercial formulation of the strain for seed treatment with optimum shelf-life.
- To evaluate the efficacy and establish the minimum effective dose of the T. harzianum strain in open-field trials and to develop application strategies in wheat and maize.