Endophytic Microbial Diversity in the Halophytic Medicinal Plant Ferula and Their Bioapplicable Traits

  • Nimaichand Salam
  • Mipeshwaree Devi Asem
  • Yong-Hong Liu
  • Min Xiao
  • Wen-Jun LiEmail author
Part of the Microorganisms for Sustainability book series (MICRO, volume 15)


Ferula spp. are halophytic plants grown in arid region and are known for their traditional medicinal values. Large-scale excavation for extraction of medicinal compounds and other man-made destructions have severely reduced the number of wild Ferula and even extinction of few plant species. Alternate way to explore the bioapplicability of such plants is to isolate the microbial communities from these plant tissues and screen for their beneficial effects. Analysis of microbial diversity in two Ferula spp. indicated that members of phylum Actinobacteria are quite prominent besides members of the phyla Proteobacteria and Firmicutes. Many constituent members of these phyla are known to produce chemically active biomolecules.


Endophyte Ferula spp. Actinobacteria Plant growth promotion Biocontrol activity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nimaichand Salam
    • 1
  • Mipeshwaree Devi Asem
    • 1
  • Yong-Hong Liu
    • 2
  • Min Xiao
    • 1
  • Wen-Jun Li
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Biocontrol and Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Plant Resources, School of Life SciencesSun Yat-Sen UniversityGuangzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Biogeography and Bioresource in Arid Land, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and GeographyChinese Academy of SciencesÜrümqiPeople’s Republic of China

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