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Physiology and Genetics

Volume 15 of the series The Mycota pp 153-195

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Endophytic Fungi, Occurrence and Metabolites

  • Daniela WeberAffiliated withInstitute of Biotechnology and Drug ResearchMIP International Pharma Research GmbH

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Abstract

The chapter will start with the definition of endophytic fungi, a taxonomic survey and their importance for the host plants. Metabolites of endophytic fungi isolated from various sources including medicinal plants will be summarized. The diversity of the chemical structures and their different biological activities will be discussed. Finally, the ecological role of the endophytic fungi and their metabolites will be reviewed.