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This book analyses the right pathway to solve the controversial identifications of some Trichoderma species on the basis of sampling procedures, slide culture techniques, macroscopic and microscopic analysis, and molecular tools.
Most species of the fungal genus Trichoderma grow rapidly in artificial culture and produce large numbers of small green or white conidia from conidiogenous cells located at the ends of conidiophores. The morphological characters are reported to be variable to a certain degree in their colour, shape of conidia, conidiophore, pustules, and phialade. These characteristics allow a comparatively easy means of identification of Trichoderma as a genus but the species concept is difficult to deduce and there is considerable confusion over the application of specific names.
Practical Handbook of the Biology and Molecular Diversity of Trichoderma Species from Tropical Regions provides an essential link between data and taxa as a means to verify the taxonomic characters of the strains sequenced, and macroscopic and microscopic characteristics. Otherwise, a species level identification study cannot be corrected or uncorrected, and the user has to rely on the person perhaps making a misidentification.
Shafiquzzaman Siddiquee, PhD, is an associate professor at the Biotechnology Research Institute of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Malaysia. Dr Siddiquee obtained his MSc (Molecular Microbiology) and PhD (Bioelectrochemistry) degrees in 2008 and 2010, respectively from University Putra Malaysia (UPM), Malaysia. In 2011, Dr Siddiquee received a Best Post Graduate Award from UPM for being the most outstanding postgraduate student of the year. In 2014, he was the winner of the ProSPER.net-Scopus Young Scientist Award in the category of Sustainable Agriculture He served as a guest professor at the Institute of Analytical Chemistry, Chemo- and Biosensors of the University of Regensburg (April- September 2016), Germany. Currently, he is head of the UMS Biosensor Research Group. He involved in varying types of research areas such as chemo- or/ bio- sensors based research, and Trichoderma biodiversity and its applications. He published over 65 refereed journal articles, 4 books, 10 book chapters and 30 proceeding papers. His findings yielded, so far, 4 patents, 5 invited speakers and 40 research awards, including a notable award of MOHE entrepreneurial Project Award 2015 and International Conference and Exposition on Inventions by Institutions of Higher Learning 2015 (PECIPTA). Dr Siddiquee established relevant research groups network at national and international. In pop culture, Dr Siddiquee findings broadcasted in national (Malaysia) TV stations (TV1, TV2 and TV7) as well as highlighted in various printed media.