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J. Fungi 2017, 3(1), 2; doi:10.3390/jof3010002

Biocontrol Properties of Basidiomycetes: An Overview

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Entomology Research Institute, Loyola College, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600034, Tamil Nadu, India
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Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Loyola College, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600034, Tamil Nadu, India
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The International Scientific Partnership Program (ISPP), King Saud University, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Botany and Microbiology, College of Science, King Saud University, P. O. BOX 2454, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia
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Academic Editor: David S. Perlin
Received: 27 October 2016 / Revised: 29 December 2016 / Accepted: 4 January 2017 / Published: 10 January 2017
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Abstract

In agriculture, there is an urgent need for alternate ecofriendly products to control plant diseases. These alternate products must possess preferable characteristics such as new modes of action, cost effectiveness, biodegradability, and target specificity. In the current scenario, studies on macrofungi have been an area of importance for scientists. Macrofungi grow prolifically and are found in many parts of the world. Basidiomycetes (mushrooms) flourish ubiquitously under warm and humid climates. Basidiomycetes are rich sources of natural antibiotics. The secondary metabolites produced by them possess antimicrobial, antitumor, and antioxidant properties. The present review discusses the potential role of Basidiomycetes as anti-phytofungal, anti-phytobacterial, anti-phytoviral, mosquito larvicidal, and nematicidal agents. View Full-Text
Keywords: biocontrol properties; basidiomycetes; anti-phytofungal activity; anti-phytobacterial activity; anti-phytoviral activity; phytonematicidal activity; mosquito larvicidal activity biocontrol properties; basidiomycetes; anti-phytofungal activity; anti-phytobacterial activity; anti-phytoviral activity; phytonematicidal activity; mosquito larvicidal activity
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Sivanandhan, S.; Khusro, A.; Paulraj, M.G.; Ignacimuthu, S.; AL-Dhabi, N.A. Biocontrol Properties of Basidiomycetes: An Overview. J. Fungi 2017, 3, 2.

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