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Endophytic Fungi of Citrus Plants
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Endophytism of Lecanicillium and Akanthomyces

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Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Centre for Olive, Fruit and Citrus Crops, 81100 Caserta, Italy
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Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, 80055 Portici, Italy
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Agriculture 2020, 10(6), 205; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture10060205
Received: 11 May 2020 / Revised: 5 June 2020 / Accepted: 5 June 2020 / Published: 6 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Occurrence and Functions of Endophytic Fungi in Crop Species)
The rise of the holobiont concept confers a prominent importance to the endophytic associates of plants, particularly to species known to be able to exert a mutualistic role as defensive or growth-promoting agents. The finding that many entomopathogenic fungi are harbored within plant tissues and possess bioactive properties going beyond a merely anti-insectan effect has recently prompted a widespread investigational activity concerning their occurrence and functions in crops, in the aim of an applicative exploitation conforming to the paradigm of sustainable agriculture. The related aspects particularly referring to species of Lecanicillium and Akanthomyces (Sordariomycetes, Cordycipitaceae) are revised in this paper, also in light of recent and ongoing taxonomic reassessments. View Full-Text
Keywords: entomopathogens; endophytic fungi; crop protection; plant growth promotion; integrated pest management; bioactive compounds; Cordycipitaceae entomopathogens; endophytic fungi; crop protection; plant growth promotion; integrated pest management; bioactive compounds; Cordycipitaceae
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Nicoletti, R.; Becchimanzi, A. Endophytism of Lecanicillium and Akanthomyces. Agriculture 2020, 10, 205.

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