Linking Endophytic Fungi to Medicinal Plants Therapeutic Activity. A Case Study on Asteraceae

Gianluca Caruso , Magdi T. Abdelhamid , Andrzej Kalisz , Agnieszka Sękara


Endophytes are isolated from every plant species investigated to date, so the metabolome coevolution has been affecting the plants’ (microbiota) ethnobotanic, especially therapeutic, usage. Asteraceae fulfill the rationale for plant selection to isolate endophytes since most of the species of this family have a long tradition of healing usage, confirmed by modern pharmacognosy. The present review compiles recent references on the endophyte−Asteraceae spp. interactions, targeting the secondary metabolites profile as created by both members of this biological system. Endophyte fungi associated with Asteraceae have been collected globally, however, dominant taxa that produce bioactive compounds were specific for the plant populations of different geographic origins. Endophytic fungi richness within the host plant and the biological activity were positively associated. Moreover, the pharmacological action was linked to the plant part, so differential forms of biological interactions in roots, stem, leaves, inflorescences were developed between endophytic fungi and host plants. The comparative analysis of the Asteraceae host and/or fungal endophyte therapeutic activity showed similarities that need a future explanation on the metabolome level.
Author Gianluca Caruso - University of Naples Federico II
Gianluca Caruso,,
, Magdi T. Abdelhamid - National Research Centre, Cairo
Magdi T. Abdelhamid,,
, Andrzej Kalisz (FoBaH / Department of Horticulture)
Andrzej Kalisz,,
- Department of Horticulture
, Agnieszka Sękara (FoBaH / Department of Horticulture)
Agnieszka Sękara,,
- Department of Horticulture
Journal seriesAgriculture (Switzerland), [Agriculture (Switzerland)], ISSN 2077-0472, e-ISSN 2077-0472, (N/A 100 pkt)
Issue year2020
Publication size in sheets1.1
Keywords in Englishcompositae; fungi; herbs; secondary metabolites; symbiosis
ASJC Classification1102 Agronomy and Crop Science; 1106 Food Science; 1110 Plant Science
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); author's original; Uznanie Autorstwa (CC-BY); after publication
Linking Endophytic Fungi to Medicinal Plants Therapeutic Activity. A Case Study on Asteraceae of 16-07-2020
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper) [Not active]: 2018 = 1.272; WoS Impact Factor: 2019 = 2.072 (2)
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FinansowanieThis study was partially supported by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland.
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