Endophytic Microbes from Medicinal Plants and Their Secondary Metabolites for Agricultural Significances

  • Chanda V. Parulekar BerdeEmail author
  • Prachiti P. Rawool
  • Pallaval Veera Bramhachari
  • Vikrant B. Berde
Part of the Sustainable Development and Biodiversity book series (SDEB, volume 25)


Endophytes constitute an important component of microbial diversity since 20 years, remarkable progress in the field revealed the significance of endophytic microorganisms. Endophytic fungi are an unexplored group of organisms that has huge potential for innovative pharmaceutical substances; they are established as anticancer, antioxidants, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory. Likewise in recent years, incredible progress was made in developing them as therapeutic molecules against diverse ailments. In recent years, more studies are warranted in bioprospecting new endophytic microorganisms and their applications. Bacterial and fungal endophytes ubiquitously reside in internal tissue of living plants. Endophytic fungi distributed out from tropical region to arctic region, possess vast potential in terms of secondary metabolite production. It is pertinent to know that the various bioactive indispensable compounds evaluated by these endophytic fungi are host-specific. They are very significant in augmenting the adaptability of the endophyte and its host plants for instance biotic and abiotic stress tolerance. The ensuing effect is to produce metabolites either primary or secondary that are obliging for fungi themselves, the host plant in addition to the human race thereof. This chapter primarily emphasizes on the ecology, colonization, biodiversity, secondary metabolites from endophytic fungal cultures.


Endophytic microbial diversity Medicinal plants Bioactive compounds Secondary metabolites 



The authors are grateful to their respective academic institutions for the support extended. The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chanda V. Parulekar Berde
    • 1
    Email author
  • Prachiti P. Rawool
    • 1
  • Pallaval Veera Bramhachari
    • 2
  • Vikrant B. Berde
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyGogate Jogalekar CollegeRatnagiriIndia
  2. 2.Department of BiotechnologyKrishna UniversityMachilipatnamIndia
  3. 3.Department of Zoology, Arts, Commerce and Science CollegeLanjaIndia

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