Fungal endophytes: unique plant inhabitants with great promises

Fungal endophytes residing in the internal tissues of living plants occur in almost every plant on earth from the arctic to the tropics

Amal Hassan Aly

2011

Scholarcy highlights

  • Fungal endophytes residing in the internal tissues of living plants occur in almost every plant on earth from the arctic to the tropics
  • The endophyte–host relationship is described as a balanced symbiotic continuum ranging from mutualism through commensalism to parasitism
  • The chemical potential of endophytic fungi for drug discovery will be discussed with focus on the detection of pharmaceutically valuable plant constituents as products of fungal biosynthesis
  • Selected examples of bioactive metabolites reported in recent years from fungal endophytes residing in terrestrial plants are presented grouped according to their reported biological activities

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