Scientist, ICAR-Central Citrus Research Institute, Nagpur, India
*Corresponding Author: Anjitha George, Scientist, ICAR-Central Citrus Research Institute, Nagpur, India.
Received: September 28, 2017; Published: October 03, 2017
Citation: Anjitha George. “Role of Endophytes in Insect Control”. Acta Scientific Agriculture 2.1 (2018).
Plants have a complex immune system that defends them against herbivores and microbial pathogens but that also regulates the interactions with mutualistic organisms (e.g. mycorrhizal fungi and plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria). Endophytes are such microorganisms that live within plants for at least a part of their life cycle without causing any visible manifestation of disease . The presence of endophytes is symptomless, unobtrusive, and established entirely inside the living host plant tissues . During this association, none of the interacting partners is discernibly harmed, and the individual benefits depend on both the interacting partners. It is also believed that endophytes have important roles in plant protection, acting against herbivores, insects and pathogens of the host and may also increase plant resistance to pathogens and biotic and abiotic stresses [3,4].
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