REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 121-128

This era of biotechnological tools: an insight into endophytic mycobiota


1 Department of Chemistry of Natural and Microbial Products, Pharmaceutical Industries Division, National Research Center, Giza, Egypt
2 Department of Chemistry of Natural and Microbial Products, Pharmaceutical Industries Division, National Research Center, Giza; Laboratory of Microbial Technology, Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Egypt
3 Mycorrhizal Systems Ltd, Lancashire; University of Stirling, Stirling, UK

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ghoson M Daba
Department of Chemistry of Natural and Microbial Products, National Research Centre, Dokki, Giza 12311
Egypt
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/epj.epj_35_18

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Owing to the outbreak of fatal diseases that require searching for new compounds with high activity and/or novel action mechanisms, screening for promising sources of biologically active compounds that fulfill the current needs of humanity is a matter of life and death. Fungi generally and endophytic ones specifically represent future factories and potent biotechnological tools for production of bioactive natural substances, which could extend healthy life span of humanity (as done by penicillin from centuries), and are considered promising alternatives for some high costly produced chemicals and drugs. The present review highlights some bioactive secondary metabolites, produced by fungal endophytes, involved in medical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, and industrial applications.


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