Epiphytic fungus

Epiphytic fungus

An epiphytic fungus is a fungus that grows upon, or attached to, a living plant. The term epiphytic derives from the Greek "epi-" (meaning 'upon') and "phyton" (meaning 'plant').

Examples

Many examples of epiphytic microorganisms exist. [http://www.ejbiotechnology.info/content/vol3/issue1/full/4/index.html Endophytic Microorganisms:A Review On Insect Control And Recent Advances On Tropical Plants ] ] The ergoline alkaloids found in "Convolvulaceae" are produced by a seed-transmitted epiphytic clavicipitaceous fungus .Steiner U. et al. (2006) Molecular characterization of a seed transmitted clavicipitaceous fungus occurring on dicotyledoneous plants (Convolvulaceae). Planta 224: 533-544. PMID 16525783]

See also

* Epiphyte
* Endophytic fungus, an endophyte that grows inside a plant
* Endosymbiont

References


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