Special Issue "Advances in Fungal Endophyte Research"

A special issue of Journal of Fungi (ISSN 2309-608X). This special issue belongs to the section "Fungal Evolution, Biodiversity and Systematics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 March 2024 | Viewed by 101

Special Issue Editor

Medical School, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming, China
Interests: plant endophyte fungal diversity; endophyte-plant interactions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Endophytic fungi colonize inside plant tissue without causing any adverse effects or symptoms in their host. They are thought to provide several benefits to host plants and improve the host’s ability to adapt to abiotic and biotic stresses. Growing research suggests that endophytic fungi deeply affect plant physiology, development, and metabolism, which has become an indispensable subject in plant research. Endophytic fungi were reported to produce the same pharmacologically important compounds as their host, such as paclitaxel, camptothecin, dicatenarin and others, as well as various enzymes, such as acid proteases, fungal lipases, xylanases, and so on. Therefore, endophytic fungi have great potential for industrial applications in medicine, food, and energy. Furthermore, endophytic fungi bioremediate toxic, recalcitrant compounds by extracellular oxidation, intracellular oxidation, methylation, excretion and storage. Although endophytic fungi have so many potential uses, research on their potential applications is in general fundamental and inadequate. Moreover, most endophytic fungi with minor competitive strengths and more specialized requirements remain undiscovered in conventional cultivation-dependent studies, while DNA-based analysis is limited by insufficient sampling sizes, incorrect sequence data, and misinterpretation of analyses. Hence, studies on fungal endophytes are essential.

This Special Issue, entitled "Advances in Fungal Endophytes Research", aims to present recent research on any aspect of fungal endophytes. Some of its focal points include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Diversity and trait of fungal endophytes;
  2. Isolation and applications of secondary metabolites from fungal endophytes;
  3. Potential of fungal endophytes in sustainable agriculture, food, medicine, bioremediation and others;
  4. Cultivation technology and identification method of fungal endophytes;
  5. Functional genomics of fungal endophytes and their applications;
  6. Modification strategies and applications of fungal endophytes;
  7. The macromolecular mechanisms of plant–fungal endophyte interactions.

Reviews, original research, and communications are welcome for submission for this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Haiyan Li
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • fungal endophytes
  • diversity
  • ecology
  • secondary metabolites
  • applications
  • functional genomics
  • modification strategies
  • interactions

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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