Submitted to: Joint Meeting of the ADSA, AMSA, ASAS and PSA
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/15/2006
Publication Date: 7/23/2006
Citation: Vega, F.E., Posada, F., Aime, M.C., Peterson, S.W., Rehner, S.A. 2006. Coffee endophytes [abstract]. Inoculum 57(4):38.
Technical Abstract: A survey for fungal endophytes in various coffee (Coffea arabica L.) tissues was conducted in Colombia, Hawaii, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. More than 700 fungal endophyte isolates have been sequenced: 281 from Colombia, 240 from Hawaii, 119 from Mexico, and 68 from Puerto Rico; these comprise over 170 distinct sequences. The most common genera were Colletotrichum, Fusarium, Penicillium, and Xylaria. Various genera containing fungal entomopathogens were also isolated, including Acremonium, Beauveria, Cladosporium, Clonostachys, and Paecilomyces. The role of fungal endophytes in coffee tissues remains enigmatic and deserves further study.