AJPS  Vol.7 No.1 , January 2016
Endophytic Fungi Associated with a Holoparasitic Plant, Balanophora japonica (Balanophoraceae)
Abstract: Holoparasitism is a special life cycle of flowering plants. All carbon resources are provided by photosynthetic host plants. A recent study revealed the presence of endophytic fungi in holoparasitic plants, but their ecological and evolutionary roles are still unknown. In this study, we examined endophytic fungi isolated from the holoparasitic plant Balanophora japonica (Balanophoraceae), collected from Kochi, Shikoku in western Japan. We isolated 23 fungal strains on inflorescences and tubers from three B. japonica plants at two locations and on one sample of the host plant (Symplocos lancifolia, Symplocaceae). Predominant isolates were Trichoderma-Hypocrea, Penicillium and Phialemonium. The first group was also predominant in the host plant. Fungal composition revealed in this study differed from the composition on B. harlandii or other root holoparasites with endophytic fungal (Rafflesia cantleyi) data. Those differences might be caused by various factors, including growth habits, location, phylogenetic position or host-parasite relationship.
Cite this paper: Ikeda, H. , Fukuda, T. , Yokoyama, J. (2016) Endophytic Fungi Associated with a Holoparasitic Plant, Balanophora japonica (Balanophoraceae). American Journal of Plant Sciences, 7, 152-158. doi: 10.4236/ajps.2016.71016.

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