Updated Jun 13, 2019

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Use of Trichoderma, a beneficial fungus, to manage soil-borne diseases of vegetables.

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Use of Trichoderma, a beneficial fungus, to manage soil-borne diseases of vegetables.

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Amer Fayad

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Stage 5: Scaling

Focus Areas:

Agriculture

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Implemented In:

Nepal, Pakistan, Tanzania and 4 MoreSEE ALL

Nepal, Pakistan, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Bangladesh and CambodiaSEE LESS

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Problem

Soil-borne diseases cause damage to vegetable crops and reduce yield quality and quantity. Overuse and misuse of synthetics pesticides can lead to disease resistance, as well as health hazards for human, animal, and environmental life.

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Solution

This innovation reduces the impact of soil-borne pathogens on plant/crop performance and yield. Trichoderma increases protection against plant pathogenic fungi and bacteria and reduces reliance on synthetic chemical pesticides to control a number of soil-borne and foliar plant diseases. The fungus also helps with water and nutrient absorption and induces systemic acquired resistance.

Target Beneficiaries

Medium and smallholder farmers

Innovation Description

Trichoderma, a naturally occuring fungus in agricultural and forest soils, is used by biological control programs in seed treatments, in foliar sprays, in compost, and as tricho-leachates. This inexpensive, environmentally-friendly bioagent and its common species T. harzianum and T. viridae have been promoted by the Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab (IPM IL) as part of its IPM packages to control diseases in vegetables. Trichoderma offers an alternative to expensive and often toxic pesticides, and farmers have seen significant increases in yields and income when using it

Competitive Advantage

This innovation is easy to produce and disseminate. It is also environmentally and ecologically sound.

Milestones

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Cambodia
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Tanzania
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Pakistan
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Nepal

Supporting Materials

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