Endophytic Fungi: Biodiversity, Ecological Significance, and Potential Industrial Applications

  • Kusam Lata Rana
  • Divjot Kour
  • Imran Sheikh
  • Anu Dhiman
  • Neelam Yadav
  • Ajar Nath YadavEmail author
  • Ali A. Rastegari
  • Karan Singh
  • Anil Kumar Saxena
Part of the Fungal Biology book series (FUNGBIO)


Endophytic fungi are abundant and have been reported from all tissues such as roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits. In recent years, research into the beneficial use of endophytic fungi has increased worldwide. In this chapter, we critically review the production of a wide range of secondary metabolites, bioactive compounds from fungal endophytes that are a potential alternative source of secondary plant metabolites and natural producers of high-demand drugs. One of the major areas in endophytic research that holds both economic and environmental potential is bioremediation. During their life span, microbes adapt fast to environmental pollutants and remediate their surrounding microenvironment. In the last two decades, bioremediation has arisen as a suitable alternative for remediating large polluted sites. Endophytic fungi producing ligninolytic enzymes have possible biotechnological applications in lignocellulosic biorefineries. This chapter highlights the recent progress that has been made in screening endophytic fungi for the production and commercialization of certain biologically active compounds of fungal endophytic origin.


Anticancerous molecule Bioactive compounds Biofertilizers Bioremediation Endophytic fungi Lignocellulosic biorefineries Secondary metabolites 



The authors are grateful to Prof. Harcharan Singh Dhaliwal, Vice Chancellor, Eternal University, Baru Sahib, Himachal Pradesh, India, for providing infra-structural facilities and constant encouragement.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kusam Lata Rana
    • 1
  • Divjot Kour
    • 1
  • Imran Sheikh
    • 1
  • Anu Dhiman
    • 2
  • Neelam Yadav
    • 3
  • Ajar Nath Yadav
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ali A. Rastegari
    • 4
  • Karan Singh
    • 5
  • Anil Kumar Saxena
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of BiotechnologyAkal College of Agriculture, Eternal UniversityBaru Sahib, SirmourIndia
  2. 2.Department of MicrobiologyAkal College of Basic Sciences, Eternal UniversityBaru Sahib, SirmourIndia
  3. 3.Gopi Nath P.G. College, Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal UniversityDeoli-Salamatpur, GhazipurIndia
  4. 4.Department of Molecular and Cell Biochemistry, Falavarjan BranchIslamic Azad UniversityIsfahanIran
  5. 5.Department of ChemistryAkal College of Basic Sciences, Eternal UniversityBaru Sahib, SirmourIndia
  6. 6.ICAR-National Bureau of Agriculturally Important MicroorganismsKusmaur, MauIndia

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