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SHORT COMMUNICATION Arbuscular mycorrhiza-like biotechnological potential of Piriformospora indica, which promotes the growth of Adhatoda vasica Nees

By Mahendra Rai and Ajit Varma


We report the growth promoting potential of Piriformospora indica, which is a newly discovered arbuscular mycorrhiza-like fungus. It is a facultative symbiont and unlike arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, it can be cultured in vitro. Adhatoda vasica is a medicinal plant. Rapid proliferation of roots was recorded in A. vasica withan important root colonization estimated to 95 % after 6 months. P. indica improved growth of A. vasica. This association forms a new host-symbiont combination. Piriformospora indica, a new plant growth promoter was discovered by Verma et al. (1998). The fungus is a member of Basidiomycotina. It is characterized by the formation of typical pyriform chlamydospores. A perusal of current literature has shown that P. indica has enormous potential for growth promotion of plants by colonization of root

Topics: Adhatoda vasica, arbuscular mycorrhiza-like, biotechnological potential, growth promotion, Piriformospora indica
Year: 2005
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