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Endophytes in changing environments - do we need new concepts in forest management?

D Krabel (1)   , K Morgenstern (1), S Herzog (2)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 6, Issue 3, Pages 109-112 (2013)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0932-006
Published: Mar 05, 2013 - Copyright © 2013 SISEF

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The occurrence of endophytic fungi, hosted by living tissues of forest trees seems to be a common phenomenon. Numerous studies show that these colonists are mostly symptomless or even live in a symbiotic relationship to the host plant. Our investigations on Douglas-fir and Rhabdocline needlecast show that Rhabdocline pseudotsugae (Sydow), which has been described exclusively as an obligatory needle pathogen up to now, is able to persist symptomless in different types of plant tissues and therefore an endophytic lifestyle has to be assumed. Whether this lifestyle is part of the infection strategy of the fungus is still unclear. However, examples of other wood associated fungi lead us to the hypothesis that environmental such as climate conditions are able to trigger the phenomenon of changing from a mutualist to a virulent parasite.


Douglas-fir, Endophytes, Rhabdocline Needlecast, Climate Change

Authors’ address

D Krabel
K Morgenstern
Molecular Physiology of Woody Plants Group, Dresden University of Technology, Pienner Str. 7, D-01737 Tharandt (Germany)
S Herzog
Institute of Silviculture and Forest Protection, Dresden University of Technology, Pienner Str. 8, D-01737 Tharandt (Germany)

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Krabel D, Morgenstern K, Herzog S (2013). Endophytes in changing environments - do we need new concepts in forest management?. iForest 6: 109-112. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0932-006

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Marco Borghetti

Paper history

Received: Dec 17, 2012
Accepted: Feb 05, 2013

First online: Mar 05, 2013
Publication Date: Jun 01, 2013
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