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Endophytes: A potential Bio-agent for the plant protection

Ghosh, S.K., Chaudhary, M. and Manjunatha, K.N. (2020) Endophytes: A potential Bio-agent for the plant protection. In: Chakravarthy, A.K., (ed.) Innovative Pest Management Approaches for the 21st Century. Springer Singapore, pp. 273-297.

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Endophytes are microorganisms living inside plants without causing any adverse effect. The symbiotic microorganism endophytes can be an alternative for the management of insect pests and plant pathogens. Select endophytes also function as biofertilizers, resulting in improved plant fitness. It will be crucially important to understand the mechanisms underlying endophytism. The responses of a crop plant to such endophytism and the subsequent responses of insect pests and plant pathogenesis are important to understand. Many aspects of the insect/pathogen and the endophytic microorganism remain unattended. This gap can be filled through an intensive research and understanding of signalling between the host plant and the microbiome. Despite the abundance of endophytes in crop rhizosphere, the rules that govern their presence and interaction with the crop plants are poorly understood. Recently, endophytes in seed tissues have gained significance due to their diversified roles in plant metabolism.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: Springer Singapore
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