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Fungal Endophyte Communities in Begonia Species from the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest

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Correia, Ana M. L. [1] ; Lira, Simone P. [2] ; Assis, Marco A. [3] ; Rodrigues, Andre [1]
Total Authors: 4
[1] Sao Paulo State Univ UNESP, Inst Biosci, Dept Biochem & Microbiol, Ave 24-A, 1515, BR-13506900 Rio Claro - Brazil
[2] Luiz de Queiroz Coll Agr, Dept Exact Sci, Piracicaba - Brazil
[3] Sao Paulo State Univ UNESP, Inst Biosci, Dept Bot, Rio Claro - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: Current Microbiology; v. 75, n. 4, p. 441-449, APR 2018.
Web of Science Citations: 1

Tropical plants represent hotspots of endophytic fungal species diversity. Based on culture-dependent methods, we evaluated the endophytic fungal communities in leaves of three plant species found in the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest: Begonia fischeri, Begonia olsoniae, and Begonia venosa. These species are found in two distant sites: a continental region and an insular area. A total of 426 fungal endophytes in 19 genera were isolated in pure culture including Colletotrichum (51.6% of isolates) and Diaporthe (22.5%) as the most abundant, followed by Phyllosticta (3.5%), Neopestalotiopsis (1.8%), Stagonospora (1.8%), and Nigrospora (1.6%) among the genera found in minor abundance. The diversity and composition of fungal taxa differed across plant hosts. Richness and diversity of fungi were higher in B. fischeri in comparison to B. olsoniae and B. venosa. Discriminatory analysis revealed that fungal communities are structured according to hosts, which means that each plant species had its distinct endophytic communities, but dominated by common fungal taxa. This is the first study to report fungal endophytes in begonia leaves and characterize their communities. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 14/15760-3 - Biotechnological potential of secondary metabolites from plants and endophytic fungi
Grantee:Simone Possedente de Lira
Support Opportunities: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 14/12021-5 - Endophytic fungi from Begonia sp. in Alcatrazes Island and the continental zone: diversity and prospection for bioactive compounds
Grantee:Ana Maria Lima Correia
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Master
FAPESP's process: 13/50228-8 - Biodiversity components, and their metabolic characters, of Brazilian Islands: an integrated approach
Grantee:Roberto Gomes de Souza Berlinck
Support Opportunities: BIOTA-FAPESP Program - Thematic Grants