Distribution of Endophytic Fungi in Leaves of Azadirachta indica A. JUSS. (Neem)
Dr. Hanmant R Aglave
In the present study, total 15 endophytic fungi of 10 genera were isolated from 69 segments of fresh Azadirachta indica leaves collected from Similipali biosphere reserve. The endophytic fungi recovered belong to hyphomycetes (58.2%), coelomycetes (89.99%), ascomycetes and sterile mycelium (7.88%) each. The most dominant endophytes observed were Trichoderma (29.17%), Pestalotiopsis spp. (18.47%) and Penicillium (15.29%). They can be pursued to obtain the secondary metabolites to facilitate screening against therapeutic targets as A. indica have insecticidal properties.