The distribution of some fungal and bacterial endophytes in maize (Zea mays L.)

  • Fisher P
  • Petrini O
  • Scott H
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Abstract

Plant parts closer to the soil were more heavily colonized by bacteria than those near the top of the plants. The lower and middle part of the stems hosted the most frequently isolated bacterial species. Of the fungal species isolated, 12 had a relative importance of >10% in the core, 15 in the epidermis, and only five in the leaves. More fungal species were recovered from the core and epidermis of the stem than from the leaves. The fungi most frequently isolated showed some patterns of tissue specificity, with Alternaria alternata almost exclusively associated with the leaves and Aureobasidium pullulans var. melanigerum most often present in the epidermal tissues. Areas of low fungal infection yielded the highest bacterial counts. -from Authors

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  • P.J. Fisher

  • O. Petrini

  • H.M.L. Scott

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