Biodiversity of fungal endopyhtes from coleus aromaticus (benth.)
Milind N Gaikwad, Shrirang S Bodke, Laxmikant H Kamble
All plants in natural ecosystems appear to be symbiotic with fungal endophytes. Herbal plants produce a diverse range of bioactive molecules, making them a rich source of different types of medicines. The new prospective area on agriculture and forestry are the use of microorganisms to promote plant growth and to protect the plant hosts from pests and diseases. One group of the microorganisms is endophytic fungi. The research aims to isolate of fungal endophytes from Coleus aromaticus. C.aromaticus (Benth) belonging to the family Lamiaceae are well known for their therapeutic potentials. It is used in traditional medicine because of their antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiseptic and other pharmacological activities. In endophytic fungi presences of large amount of secondary metabolites or bioactive compounds. Many of these compounds are being used for the treatment of a number of diseases in this plant all ten fungal species were isolated by using Potato Dextrose Agar medium.