Fungal Endophytes are microscopic fungi that live inside plant tissues and form a symbiotic relationship that influences the fitness of both parties.
Fungicides are a widely used method of crop disease control in agriculture, but fungicides can be carried into other environments by water and wind.
This experiment looks at how long-term fungicide exposure affects diversity of fungal endophytes that are grown in vitro as well as screens them for phosphate solubilization ability.
Phosphate is a vital macronutrient that is essential for making nucleic acids (DNA, RNA) as well as playing a vital role in energy transfer throughout the plant's cells. Phosphate solubility allows the plants to develop higher efficiency for water and nutrients use. Microbes that can solubilize phosphate help plants receive readily available phosphate.
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Reyes, Mya; Brown, Noah; and Yannarell, Anthony, "How Fungicide Alters the Hidden Mycobiome of a Restored Prairie System" (2023). PRECS student projects. 100.