Interest in endophytic fungi--fungi that live within plants--has surged in recent years. Although these fungi are not fully understood, evidence suggests that they can offer significant benefits to their host plants including an increased resistance to disease and herbivory, and the stimulation of seed growth. For scientists, biotechnology companies, farmers, plant breeders, and foresters, studying the relationship between endophytic fungi and their hosts may lead to new methods of battling crop disease, the discovery of novel chemical compounds, and clues to the impact of these fungi on biodiversity.To create a framework for future research, Endophytic Fungi in Grasses and Woody Plants: Systematics, Ecology, and Evolution presents the most extensive set of information on endophytic fungi available in a single source. Covering endophytes that live in the grasses and woody plants of North America, South America, and Europe, these articles bring together descriptions of endophytic relationships, definitions of major concepts, and reports on recent studies. The authors examine a range of topics, including differences between endophytic colonization and latent infection, manipulating endophytes to control disease, effects of pollution and other human activities on endophytic communities, evolutionary adaptations, host specificity, host-endophyte interactions, biochemistry, physiology, morphology, and occurrence. Their discussions review methods of isolation, sampling, analysis, and identification that scientists have tailored to meet the special demands of conducting research on endophytic fungi and include extensive taxonomic listings, tables, and graphs.As a unique reference on a subject of growing interest, this volume will guide scientists as they pursue new research on topics from the role of endophytic fungi in defending plants against grazing animals to ways these fungi can be manipulated to enhance crop productivity.
“As an exceptional reference on a subject of growing interest, this volume will be of value to scientists and students alike as they pursue new research on topics from the role of endophytic fungi in defending plants against grazing animals to ways these fungi can be manipulated to enhance crop productivity.”-- FUNGI Magazine
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