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An organism, especially a fungus or microorganism, that lives inside a plant, in a parasitic or mutualistic relationship.

en′do·phyt′ic (-dō-fĭt′ĭk) adj.


(Botany) a fungus, or occasionally an alga or other organism, that lives within a plant
endophytic adj
ˌendoˈphytically adv


(ˈɛn dəˌfaɪt)

a plant living within another plant, usu. as a parasite.
en`do•phyt′ic (-ˈfɪt ɪk) adj.
en`do•phyt′i•cal•ly, adv.
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There are records of other xylariaceous endophytes from palms (Taylor et al.
However, our study showed that AMF colonization rates were high in the AMF treatment for all plants, not just those without endophytes (i.
Endophytes are 'fungi or bacteria, which for all or part of their life cycle invade the tissues of living plants and cause unapparent and asymptomatic infections entirely within plant tissues, but cause no symptoms of disease'(Wilson, 1995).
In their greenhouse studies, Nyczepir and Meyer investigated four tall fescue varieties, three of which were infected with fungal endophytes that live within the plant--typically between its cells--but do not cause disease in it.
In fact, said Rodriguez, using these tiny fungi - called endophytes - is one of the only real strategies available for mitigating the effects of climate change on plants in natural and agricultural ecosystems.
Non-toxic fungi called endophytes live inside meadow fescue, helping it survive heat, drought and pests.
Bacterial endophytes that colonize the vine's water-conducting tissue and disrupt PD
In spite of the extensive reports about the presence of endophytes in these commercial crops, very little is known about the secondary metabolites produced by them.
The interest in endophytes first began when fungal endophytes in grasses were found to produce alkaloids which are toxic to herbivores (Bacon et al.
When endophytes from desert species were applied to temperate plants, like tomatoes, they were able to withstand drought and high temperatures.
Microbe-plant interactions are highlighted through discussion of endophytes and mycorrhizal partners, genetic instability of rhizoba, and the role of siderophores and actinomyces in disease suppression.