Microbial Ecology

, Volume 75, Issue 1, pp 74–87 | Cite as

Host Specificity of Endophytic Mycobiota of Wild Nicotiana Plants from Arid Regions of Northern Australia

  • Khondoker M. G. Dastogeer
  • Hua Li
  • Krishnapillai Sivasithamparam
  • Michael G. K. Jones
  • Stephen J. WylieEmail author
Fungal Microbiology


In arid regions of northern Australia, plants survive under water deficit, high temperatures, intense solar radiation and nutrient-impoverished soils. They employ various morpho-physiological and biochemical adaptations including interaction with microbial symbionts. We evaluated identity, host and tissue association with geographical distribution of fungal endophytes isolated from above- and below-ground tissues of plants of three indigenous Australian Nicotiana species. Isolation frequency and α-diversity were significantly higher for root endophyte assemblages than those of stem and leaf tissues. We recorded no differences in endophyte species richness or diversity as a function of sampling location, but did detect differences among different host genotypes and plant tissues. There was a significant pattern of community similarity associated with host genotypes but no consistent pattern of fungal community structuring associated with sampling location and tissue type, regardless of the community similarity measurements used.


Arid land Community structure Endophyte diversity Fungi 



The first author was supported through the Research Training Program (RTP) scheme (formerly known as the International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, IPRS) by Murdoch University, Australia.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Khondoker M. G. Dastogeer
    • 1
  • Hua Li
    • 1
  • Krishnapillai Sivasithamparam
    • 1
  • Michael G. K. Jones
    • 1
  • Stephen J. Wylie
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Plant Biotechnology Group - Plant Virology, Western Australian State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre, School of Veterinary and Life SciencesMurdoch UniversityPerthAustralia

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