First Reports of Five Endophytic Fungi Isolated from Leaves of Plants Inhabiting the Hansando Island in Korea

Hyeok Park1   Jong-Chul Lee1   Ahn-Heum Eom1,*   

1Department of Biology Education, Korea National University of Education, Cheonju 28173, Korea


Endophytic fungi were isolated from the leaves of plants inhabiting the Hansando Island in Korea. We identified the fungal strains based on their morphological characteristics and on the phylogenetic analysis using DNA sequences of the internal transcribed spacer, small subunit rDNA, large subunit rDNA, and translation elongation factor 1- α regions. In this study, we isolated five endophytic fungi that have not been recorded in Korea, Arthrinium camelliae-sinensis, Beltraniella humicola, B. portoricensis, Microxiphium theae, and Piceomphale pinicola. Their morphological characteristics as well as the results of molecular phylogenetic analysis are reported here.

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Fig. 1.Cultural characteristics of five endophytic fungal strains. Colonies of Arthrinium camelliae-sinensis 19E157 grown for 7 days on potato dextrose agar (PDA) (A) and malt extract agar (MEA) (F); Colonies of Beltraniella humicola 19E355 grown for 7 days on PDA (B) and MEA (G); Colonies of Beltraniella portoricensis 19E061 grown for 7 days on PDA (C) and MEA (H); Colonies of theae 19E345 grown for 7 days on PDA (D) and MEA (I); Colonies of Piceomphale pinicola 19E314 grown for 7 days on PDA (E) and MEA (J).