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PLoS One. 2012;7(3):e32980. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0032980. Epub 2012 Mar 13.

Fungal endophyte diversity in Sarracenia.

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  • 1Toxicology and Mycotoxin Research Unit, Russell Research Center, United State Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service, Athens, Georgia, United States of America.

Abstract

Fungal endophytes were isolated from 4 species of the carnivorous pitcher plant genus Sarracenia: S. minor, S. oreophila, S. purpurea, and S. psittacina. Twelve taxa of fungi, 8 within the Ascomycota and 4 within the Basidiomycota, were identified based on PCR amplification and sequencing of the internal transcribed spacer sequences of nuclear ribosomal DNA (ITS rDNA) with taxonomic identity assigned using the NCBI nucleotide megablast search tool. Endophytes are known to produce a large number of metabolites, some of which may contribute to the protection and survival of the host. We speculate that endophyte-infected Sarracenia may benefit from their fungal associates by their influence on nutrient availability from within pitchers and, possibly, by directly influencing the biota within pitchers.

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