Ecological Diversity in Neotyphodium-Infected Grasses as Influenced by Host and Fungus Characteristics

  • Adrian Leuchtmann


Neotyphodium is the newly proposed name for the asexual state of the clavicipitaceous genus Epichloë (Glenn et al. 1996). The members of this endophytic genus form systemic, long-term associations with numerous cool season grasses (Leuchtmann 1992, White 1987). In these associations, the two partners have developed an intimate relationships over evolutionary time which in most cases can be regarded as mutualistic. The symbiosis may be more antagonistic in endophyte species which, during their sexual reproduction, profoundly affect the reproductive system of the host.


Endophytic Fungus Tall Fescue Plant Genotype Fungal Endophyte Mating Population 
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  • Adrian Leuchtmann
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  1. 1.Geobotanisches Institut ETHZürichSwitzerland

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