Pochonia chlamydosporia is a fungus that can colonize the rhizosphere without causing lesions to the plants or affecting plant growth. It is a notable facultative parasite of eggs of sedentary cyst and root-knot nematodes and is one of the most studied potential biological control agents of nematodes. Several Pochonia species have even been reported to show endophytic behaviour, which may result in benefits to the host plant defense against soil-borne pathogens. ICAR-Indian Institute oif Spices Research has developed P. chlamydosporia liquid formulation technology which contains chlamydospores in liquid culture with added advantage of increased shelf life.
P. chlamydosporia liquid formulation technology which contains chlamydospores in liquid culture with added advantage of increased shelf life, low application rates and nd with targeted delivery of the fungus to crops for nematode management
The industry/customer problem
Recently there is high concern towards the environmental issues arising out of excessive use of chemical fertilizers and synthetic pesticides. Plant parasitic nematodes are currently managed by application of chemical pesticides. Pochonia chlamydosporia, a known biocontrol agent against plant parasitic nematodes as liquid formulation is an alternative to synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers and are ideal candidates in sustainable agricultural production.
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