Diversity and Biotechnological Potential of Endophytic Microorganisms Associated with Tropical Mangrove Forests

  • Fernanda Luiza Souza Sebastianes
  • João Lucio de Azevedo
  • Paulo Teixeira Lacava


Mangroves are typical tropical ecosystems situated between land and sea. These biological communities are frequently found in tropical and subtropical areas and occupy approximately 18.1 million hectares of the planet. Endophytic microorganisms inhabit the internal tissues of plants without generating negative effects and represent an extensive source of promising natural products. Endophytes protect the plant host against predators and pathogens, including cattle and insect pests. That may also increase the resistance of plants against biotic and abiotic stresses and produce plant growth hormones, antibiotics, enzymes, and many other compounds of biotechnological interest. Endophytic microorganisms produce antibiotics that enable their survival in competitive habitats with other microorganisms protecting the host against other bacterial and fungal pathogens. The biochemical versatility and diversity of rare microorganisms suggest that many active compounds remain unknown. Endophytes from mangroves open up new areas of potential biotechnological exploitation; thus, isolating and cultivating these organisms are of great importance. The production of bioactive natural compounds that are important for both pharmaceutical and agricultural fields is widespread among endophytes. The great biodiversity observed in the mangrove ecosystem reinforces the importance of studying endophytic microorganisms, particularly the isolation of new compounds.


Biological control Diversity Endophytes Endophytic bacteria Endophytic fungi Mangrove Natural products Plant growth promotion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fernanda Luiza Souza Sebastianes
    • 1
  • João Lucio de Azevedo
    • 1
  • Paulo Teixeira Lacava
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Genetics“Luiz de Queiroz” College of Agriculture, University of São PauloPiracicabaBrazil
  2. 2.Laboratory of Microbiology and Biomolecules – LaMiB, Department of Morphology and PathologyCenter for Biological and Health Sciences, Federal University of São CarlosSão CarlosBrazil

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