Endophytic fungi associated with Australian orchids

Dearnaley, John and Le Brocque, Andrew F. (2006) Endophytic fungi associated with Australian orchids. Australasian Plant Conservation: Bulletin of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation, 15 (2). pp. 7-9. ISSN 1039-6500


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Australia is rich in orchid flora with over 1000 native species currently recorded. A
significant proportion of Australia’s terrestrial orchids are critically endangered, endangered
or threatened. Threats to many orchid species include habitat destruction, degradation and
fragmentation from increased urbanisation, overgrazing, altered fire regimes and
unfortunately, excessive collecting by orchid fanciers. Conservation efforts for Australian
orchids include both ex situ and in situ approaches. Ex situ efforts involve the growth of
orchid species under horticultural conditions and long term storage of plant and associated
fungal material in laboratories and herbaria. In situ approaches include re-establishing plants
in the wild and protection of current populations through management initiatives.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited with permission of publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:49
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: fungal, endophytes, orchid, plant, botany
Fields of Research : 06 Biological Sciences > 0605 Microbiology > 060505 Mycology
06 Biological Sciences > 0607 Plant Biology > 060799 Plant Biology not elsewhere classified
06 Biological Sciences > 0607 Plant Biology > 060703 Plant Developmental and Reproductive Biology
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/1642

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