Annals of Microbiology

, Volume 66, Issue 2, pp 765–775 | Cite as

Bioprospecting foliar endophytic fungi of Vitis labrusca Linnaeus, Bordô and Concord cv.

  • Aretusa Cristina Felber
  • Ravely Casarotti Orlandelli
  • Sandro Augusto Rhoden
  • Adriana Garcia
  • Alessandra Tenório Costa
  • João Lúcio Azevedo
  • João Alencar Pamphile
Original Article


Endophytic fungi colonize the interior of plant tissues and organs, establishing an intimate mutualistic association with no visible symptoms. The fungi may help protect the plant against herbivores and pathogens, making them potentially useful endophytes in the biological control of diseases and agricultural pests. The biotechnological interest in these organisms has stimulated research related to the bioprospecting of endophytic fungi. Grapevine is among the oldest of plants cultivated by man, with the grape being one of the most highly consumed fruits in the world. Diseases cause significant damage to grape cultures, making their integrated control important to reduce the use of pesticides and, consequently, environmental and human contamination. The rustic species Vitis labrusca L. (Vitaceae), used in the preparation of juices and wines, is highly resistant to fungal diseases. We isolated leaf endophytic fungi of the Bordô and Concord cultivars (V. labrusca L.), which were ordered into 68 and 62 morpho-groups of the Bordô and Concord cultivars, respectively. We used scanning electron microscopy to confirm the presence of endophytes in the leaves. Endophytic diversity was analyzed based on sequencing the ITS1-5.8S-ITS2 region of rDNA, allowing the identification of fungi belonging to genera including Cochliobolus, Bipolaris, Fusarium, Alternaria, Diaporthe, Phoma and Phomopsis. Phylogenetic analysis confirmed the identity of the endophytes. The biotechnological potential of endophytes was tested in vitro for the control of pathogenic fungi of grapevines including Alternaria sp., Sphaceloma sp. and Glomerella sp. Inhibition percentages above 50 % as demonstrated by some isolates demonstrate their potential for biological control.


Endophytes Grapevine Biological control Sequencing of rDNA Phylogenetic analysis 



We thank the Complexo de Centrais de Apoio à Pesquisa (COMCAP/UEM) for sequencing the ITS1-5.8S-ITS2 regions and for the production of electronic scanning micrographs. We thank the EMBRAPA Uva e Vinho for the phytopathogen strains. We thank the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) for the Master’s scholarship for the first author and CAPES/PNPD-UEM postdoctoral scholarship. We thank CNPq (311534/2014-7; 447265/2014-8) and Fundação Araucária – FA (276/2014) for financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aretusa Cristina Felber
    • 1
  • Ravely Casarotti Orlandelli
    • 1
  • Sandro Augusto Rhoden
    • 2
  • Adriana Garcia
    • 1
  • Alessandra Tenório Costa
    • 1
  • João Lúcio Azevedo
    • 3
  • João Alencar Pamphile
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Cell Biology and GeneticsUniversidade Estadual de MaringáMaringáBrazil
  2. 2.Câmpus de São Francisco do SulFederal Institute Catarinense (FIC)São Francisco do SulBrazil
  3. 3.College of Agriculture “Luiz de Queiroz” (ESALQ)Universidade de São PauloPiracicabaBrazil

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