Journal of Plant Physiology & Pathology ISSN: 2329-955X

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Research Article, J Plant Physiol Pathol Vol: 3 Issue: 1

Identification of Endophytic Fungi/Oppurtunistic Pathogen from the Perennial Herb of Amaranthaceae Family

Thulasi G Pillai1* and R.Jayaraj2
1Department of Forest Pathology, Forest Health Division, Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi, Thrissur – 680653
2Non-Timber Forest Produces (NTFP) Department, Division of Forest Ecology & Biodiversity Conservation, Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi, Thrissur – 680653
Corresponding author : Thulasi G Pillai
Department of Forest Pathology, Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi, Thrissur – 680653, Kerala, India
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Received: December 22, 2014 Accepted: April 06, 2015 Published: April 10, 2015
Citation: Pillai G, Jayaraj R (2015) Identification of Endophytic Fungi/oppurtunistic Pathogen from the Perennial Herb of Amaranthaceae Family. J Plant Physiol Pathol 3:1. doi:10.4172/2329-955X.1000140


Aerva lanata, a perennial herb in the Amaranthaceae family of the genus Aerva, native to Asia, Africa, and Australia was subjected to endophytic isolation and characterisation. F.equiseti was isolated from leaves, stem and root of the plant. Fusarium is a large genus of filamentous fungi belongs to class sordariomycetes which are distributed in soil and in association with plants, mostly symptomless. Cultural and molecular characterisation of the organism was done. This is the first report of F.equiseti as true end phyte from Aerva lanata. True endophytes have been evolving with the host for millions of years. This organism can have an important role in the survival and protection of the plant against harsh environment and adverse conditions.

Keywords: Endophytic fungi; Aerva lanata; Fusarium equiseti; DNA sequencing

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