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Axenic Culture of Symbiotic Fungus Piriformospora indica

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Plant Surface Microbiology

A large number of media compositions are available in the literature for the cultivation of various groups of fungi, but almost no literature is available for axenic cultivation of symbiotic fungi. In this chapter, we have made efforts to provide the documentary evidence for growth and multiplication of Piriformospora indica (see Chap. 15, this Vol. for characteristic features of the fungus). This new fungus named P. indica, due to its characteristic spore morphology, improves the growth and overall biomass production of different plants, herbs and trees, etc., and can easily be cultivated on a number of complex and synthetic media (Varma et al. 1999, 2001; Singh An et al. 2003a, b). Significant quantitative and morphological changes were detected when the fungus was grown on different nutrient compositions with no apparent negative effect on plants. It is relevant to mention here that different media can be used to understand the morphological and functional properties, or to test possible biotechnological applications.

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Pham, G.H. et al. (2008). Axenic Culture of Symbiotic Fungus Piriformospora indica . In: Varma, A., Abbott, L., Werner, D., Hampp, R. (eds) Plant Surface Microbiology. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-74051-3_30

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