Endophytic fungi and the plant microbiome

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Endophytic fungi in the genus Epichloë (formerly Neotyphodium) are well-known symbionts of cool season grasses.  But what other fungal species are members of these grasses’ microbiomes?  Are there other members?  Thanks to the power and increasing availability of next generation sequencing, others are diverse microbiomes everywhere they look.  We are applying these molecular techniques to the tall fescue — Epichloë system to see: (a) is there a hidden fungal microbiome?, and (b) is that microbiome altered by the presence of the Epichloë fungus?  This work is in its early stages.  Check back later for an update on our progress.

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