Diversity of Trichoderma spp. In marine environments and their biological potential for sustainable industrial applications

Kyeongwon Kim, Young Mok Heo, Seokyoon Jang, Hanbyul Lee, Sun Lul Kwon, Myung Soo Park, Young Woon Lim, Jae Jin Kim

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Microorganisms are regarded as a sustainable source of biologically active molecules. Among them, Trichoderma spp. have been an attractive source of biological compounds. However, the study of marine-derived Trichoderma has developed slowly because of the difficulty in isolating the fungi. In our study, 30 strains of marine-derived Trichoderma were identified through the translation elongation factor 1-alpha (EF1ff) sequences, and their biological activities, such as antioxidant activity by ABTS and DPPH assays, antifungal activity against Asteromyces cruciatus and Lindra thalassiae, and tyrosinase inhibition activity, were investigated. As a result, the 30 marine Trichoderma species were classified into 21 taxa, including three new species candidates. Three strains of T. asperellum showed the highest ABTS radical scavenging activity and antifungal activity. T. bissettii SFC20170821-M05 and T. guizhouense SFC20180619-M23 showed notable DPPH radical scavenging activity and tyrosinase inhibition activity, respectively. This study showed the potential of marine-derived Trichoderma as a source of bioactive compounds.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4327
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2020 May 1

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  • Antagonistic activity
  • Biological control
  • Phylogenetic analysis
  • Radical scavenging
  • Skin whitening agents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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