IDENTIFICATION OF FUNGAL ENDOPHYTES FROM THE LEAVES OF CLEISOSTOMA TENUIFOLIUM: AN EPIPHYTIC ORCHIDAbstract
Distinctive groups of fungi are involved in the symbiotic association with epiphytic orchid. We have isolated endophytic fungi from Cleisostoma tenuifolium epiphytic orchid found in the Western Ghats and used morphological criteria as well as molecular techniques to identify these fungi. Characterization of these fungi was done by analyzing the quantified genomic sequences, and then identification was done by comparing the ITS region sequence of obtained fungi with its closely related fungal species from the NCBI database. Molecular techniques were useful in identifying endophytes to its species level. The vast range of endophytes from a single type of orchid further highlights the importance of forest epiphytes as reservoirs of fungal biodiversity; Schizophyllum commune, Stagonosporopsis cucurbitacearum, Xylaria adscendens, Fusarium proliferatum.
S. Darsha * and M. Jayashankar
Department of Research and Studies in Microbiology, PG Centre, Jnana Kaveri Campus, Kodagu, Karnataka, India.
03 August 2020
06 September 2020
23 May 2021
01 August 2021