Endophytic Fungi and Their Enzymatic Potential

  • Rashmi Mishra
  • J. S. Kushveer
  • P. Revanthbabu
  • V. Venkateswara SarmaEmail author
Part of the Fungal Biology book series (FUNGBIO)


A complex network of interactions between fungal endophytes and their hosts results in production of various kinds of primary and secondary metabolites. Research on enzymatic capability of endophytic fungi may lead to many applications to mankind. Exploitation of the enzymes in textile, beverage, food, confectionary, and leather industries has been extensively undertaken since long. Further, production of hydrolytic and oxidative extracellular enzymes by endophytic fungi for their defense is also an interesting property from ecological point of view. Evidencing a saprophytic lifestyle also gives a mechanistic lifestyle pattern of endophytes. Bioremediation and biotransformation also are eminent examples of enzymatic roles of endophytic fungi as they do not result in any unwanted products due to their specificity and often stereoselective nature. Patterns of enzyme production also indicate the mode of energy source utilized by endophytic fungi, along with their ecological roles and probable origin with insights into mycelial generation and colonization. The stability of endophytic fungal enzymes and their wide applications in various industrial, pharmaceutical, and scientific communities can be a scope to our growing needs in the present era. Our confined understanding of evolutionary significance of these endophytes with their respective hosts has led to inadequate exploitation of endophytes. However, there is a resounding necessity to investigate the hidden potentials of the endophytic fungi. In this chapter, the information on enzymatic potential of endophytic fungi is consolidated and discussed.


Biobleaching Biopulping Bioremediation Biotransformation Decolorization Secondary metabolites 



The Department of Biotechnology, Pondicherry University is thanked for providing the facilities.


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  • Rashmi Mishra
    • 1
  • J. S. Kushveer
    • 1
  • P. Revanthbabu
    • 1
  • V. Venkateswara Sarma
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of BiotechnologyPondicherry UniversityKalapetIndia

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