Epiphytic fungus

An epiphytic fungus is a fungus that grows upon, or attached to, a living plant. The term epiphytic derives from the Greek epi- (meaning 'upon') and phyton (meaning 'plant').


Many examples of epiphytic microorganisms exist.[1] The ergoline alkaloids found in Convolvulaceae are produced by a seed-transmitted epiphytic clavicipitaceous fungus .[2]

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  1. ^ Endophytic Microorganisms:A Review On Insect Control And Recent Advances On Tropical Plants
  2. ^ Steiner, U; Ahimsa-Müller, MA; Markert, A; Kucht, S; Gross, J; Kauf, N; Kuzma, M; Zych, M; et al. (2006). "Molecular characterization of a seed transmitted clavicipitaceous fungus occurring on dicotyledoneous plants (Convolvulaceae)". Planta. 224 (3): 533–44. doi:10.1007/s00425-006-0241-0. PMID 16525783. S2CID 25682792.