Indian Journal of Science and Technology
Year: 2008, Volume: 1, Issue: 1, Pages: 1-12
V. Gangadevi1 and J. Muthumary2
Centre for Advanced Studies in Botany, University of Madras, Guindy Campus, Chennai: 600 025, Tamil Nadu, India.
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Centre for Advanced Studies in Botany, University of Madras, Guindy Campus, Chennai: 600 025, Tamil Nadu, India
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Endophytic fungi inhabiting foliage of medicinally important plants are diverse and abundant, yet little is known of their temporal and spatial variation. Seasonal variation in endophyte infections on young, mature and senescent leaves of a medicinal plant Ocimum basilicum collected from different sites were studied. Interestingly, one of the isolates, Phyllosticta sp.6, was found to produce taxol in artificial culture media. This study provides the first report on diversity of endophytic fungi of medicinal plants from Chennai city, Southern India. The endophytic fungus is expected to be a potential source of natural bioactive agent.
Key Words: Ocimum basilicum, Fungal Endophytes, Diversity, Taxol, Anticancer Drug
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