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Endophytics fungus Piriformospora indica and its mechanism of plant growth promotion

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Piriformospora indica has an exceptional ability to promote plant growth, protection and stress tolerance. P. indica is endophytics fungus and its mechanism of plant growth promotion which exhibits its versatility for colonizing/hosting a broad range of plant species through directly manipulating plant hormone-signaling pathway during the course of mutualism. And root colonization leads to a better plant performance in all respect, including enhanced root proliferation by indole-3-acetic acid production which in turn results into better nutrient acquisition and subsequently to improved crop growth and productivity. Additionally, P. indica can induce both local and systemic resistance to fungal and viral plant diseases through signal transduction. Additionally, this fungus mediated stimulation in antioxidant defense system components and expressing stress-related genes can confer crop/plant stress tolerance. Therefore, the potential of this important fungus and its application promotes plant growth and biomass production. Due to its active growth, provides a model organism for the study of beneficial plant-microbe interactions and a new tool for improving plant production systems.
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  • Ethiopian Environment and Forest Research Institute, Wood Technology Research Center, Bioenergy and Biochemical Research Division, P.O. Box 2322, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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