The symbiotic fungus Piriformospora indica: review

A. Varma, I. Sherameti, S. Tripathi, R. Prasad, A. Das, M. Sharma, M. Bakshi, J. M. Johnson, S. Bhardwaj, M. Arora, K. Rastogi, A. Agrawal, A. C. Kharkwal, S. Talukdar, U. S. Bagde, V. S. Bisaria, C. P. Upadhyaya, P. S. Won, Y. Chen, J. MaB. Lou, Ashok K. Adya, L. Zhang, M. K. Meghvansi, K. S. Sree, S. K. Gosal, R. B. Srivastava, A. K. Johri, M. Kumar, M. Dua, C. Cruz, R. Oelmüller

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationFungal associations
    EditorsBertold Hock
    Place of PublicationBerlin
    Number of pages24
    ISBN (Electronic)9783642308260
    ISBN (Print)9783642308253
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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    NameThe Mycota: A Comprehensive Treatise on Fungi as Experimental Systems for Basic and Applied Research


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