International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences
ISSN: 2319-7706 Volume 2 Number 6 (2013) pp. 176-183
Diversity of Endophytic Mycobiota colonizing the Aerial tissues of Thuja plicata (Donn ex. D. Don.)
S.Chandrasekar1 , S.Thiyagarajan2 *, R.Sridhar1 and B.Ambethkar1
1CAS in Botany, University of Madras, Maraimalai (Guindy) Campus, Chennai-600 025, India 2P.G and Research Department of Microbiology, Asan Memorial College of Arts and Science, Chennai-600 100, India *Corresponding author e-mail:
Endophytic fungi are generally recognized as one of the important sources of novel bioactive compounds and secondary metabolites for various biological purposes. The present investigation was undertaken to document the diversity of endophytic fungi of the Gymnospermous plant, Thuja plicata (Donn ex. D. Don.). The endophytic fungi which are found colonizing the tissues of the host plant are biologically significant ones. A total of 100 segments of aerial parts (leaf and stem) of Thuja plicata (Donn ex. D. Don.) plant were collected from Chennai district of Tamil Nadu, India and processed for the isolation of endophytic fungi. The endophytic fungi thus isolated were identified and grouped based on their macro and micro morphological traits adopting standard monographs into 14 fungal taxa. The result revealed the preponderance of Phomopsis sp. and Colletotrichum sp. in the aerial parts of the Thuja plicata (Donn ex. D. Don.).
Mycobiota; Thuja plicata; endophytes; aerial parts; microscopic; Phomopsis.