Functional Diversity of Plant Endophytes and Their Role in Assisted Phytoremediation

  • Angélica Leonor Guerrero-Zúñiga
  • Eugenia López-López
  • Aída Verónica Rodríguez-Tovar
  • Angélica Rodríguez-Dorantes


The functional diversity term helps to understand the biological complexity through the wide range of interactions that organisms show on communities and ecosystems as they may interact. In a particular manner, organisms may have attributes or characteristics that define their role within the ecosystems. The purpose of this review is to analyze the importance of plant growth-promoting traits of endophyte bacteria that define the functional diversity of them in their relationships with plants in assisted phytoremediation techniques.


Plant growth-promoting bacteria Endophytes Functional diversity Phytoremediation 



The authors are grateful to the Research Project, SIP-20131494 and SIP-20141314 of the Secretaría de Investigación y Posgrado del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Comisión de Operaciones y Fomento de Actividades Académicas (COFAA-IPN), EDI (Estímulo al Desempeño de Investigadores-I.P.N.), and Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (SNI-CONACyT), and the fellowships for its support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angélica Leonor Guerrero-Zúñiga
    • 1
  • Eugenia López-López
    • 2
  • Aída Verónica Rodríguez-Tovar
    • 3
  • Angélica Rodríguez-Dorantes
    • 4
  1. 1.Gerencia de Transformación de BiomasaInstituto Mexicano del PetróleoCiudad de MéxicoMexico
  2. 2.Laboratorio de Evaluación de la Salud de los Ecosistemas Acuáticos, Departamento de Zoología, Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biológicas, Prol. Carpio y Plan de Ayala, S/N, Unidad Profesional Lázaro CárdenasInstituto Politécnico NacionalCiudad de MéxicoMexico
  3. 3.Laboratorio de Micología, Departamento de Microbiología, Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biológicas, Prol. Carpio y Plan de Ayala, S/N, Unidad Profesional Lázaro CardenasInstituto Politécnico NacionalCiudad de MéxicoMexico
  4. 4.Laboratorio de Fisiología Vegetal, Departamento de Botánica, Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biológicas, Prol. Carpio y Plan de Ayala, S/N, Unidad Profesional Lázaro CardenasInstituto Politécnico NacionalCiudad de MéxicoMexico

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