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Novel Cultivable Mycobiont Piriformospora Indica as Plant Growth Promoting Endophyte

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Microbiology, PSG College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, INDIA
  • 2Department of Microbiology, Dr. NGP College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, INDIA
  • 3Department of Biotechnology, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 4, Issue (1), Pages 11-15, January,10 (2015)


The novel endophytic fungi Piriformospora indica was found to have vast applications as a plant growth promoter. The fungus has been observed comprehensively in the present study for its indigenous applications in some of the crop plants cultivated in this locale. The morphological and cultural characteristics of the endophyte were verified. Further to enhance the applications of fungi in plant growth promotion, the–vitro growth parameters of fungi were optimized. The endophyte has been experimented for germination studies with maize plants. Pot culture of the maize plants that were colonized with Piriformospora indica has been observed to show considerable difference in growth parameters when compared with the control plants. The plants were also compared for physical parameters such as percentage colonization, root height, shoot height, fresh weight, dry weight etc., with the control plants. The present study has added light to the understanding that Piriformospora indica is an effective plant growth promoting endophytic fungi.


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