The root endophyte Piriformospora indica belongs to the Hymenomycetes (Basidiomycota), with a relatively close relationship to Rhizoctoniaand Sebacina. It drastically improves plant growth and overall biomass and can be easily cultivated on a variety of synthetic media. The hyphae colonize the plant root and show inter- and intracellular structures (vesicles and hyphal differentiations like arbuscules). Chlamydospores are formed both inside the root tissues and externally into the environment. It is already shown that P. indica has a wide host range among monocots and dicots, including legumes. Biotechnological applications of this fungus open new perspectives in agriculture, floriculture, viticulture and the reclamation of degraded and heavily mined soils.
|Title of host publication||Fungal associations|
|Place of Publication||Berlin|
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
|Name||The Mycota: A Comprehensive Treatise on Fungi as Experimental Systems for Basic and Applied Research|