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An Introduction to Endophytes

  • Jaya Arora
  • K. G. RamawatEmail author
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Part of the Sustainable Development and Biodiversity book series (SDEB, volume 15)

Abstract

Endophytic micro-organisms are hidden companions of plants living mutually beneficial life inside the host plant. Though these endophytes are supposed to be associated and evolved with land plants, endophytes are recognised in last century. Beneficial effects of endophytes are attaining importance with the possibility of obtaining novel medicinally important compounds as well as their role in increasing crop productivity because they produce a variety of compounds and interact with other micro-organisms, pathogenic and non-pathogenic. With the development of modern tools and techniques of molecular biology, it has become possible to establish correct identity of these micro-organisms and know the interactions with host and other micro-organisms. In this overview, we present current scenario about endophytes and their use for human welfare.

Keywords

Bacterial endophytes Fungal endophytes Bioactive metabolites Endophytes in agriculture 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Bio-Molecular Technology, Department of BotanyM. L. Sukhadia UniversityUdaipurIndia
  2. 2.M. L. Sukhadia UniversityUdaipurIndia

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