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Deciphering the role of endophytic microbiome in postharvest diseases management of fruits: Opportunity areas in commercial up-scale production

Kumari, M and Qureshi, KA and Jaremko, M and White, J and Singh, SK and Sharma, VK and Singh, KK and Santoyo, G and Puopolo, G and Kumar, A (2022) Deciphering the role of endophytic microbiome in postharvest diseases management of fruits: Opportunity areas in commercial up-scale production. In: Frontiers in Plant Science, 13 .

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As endophytes are widely distributed in the plant’s internal compartments and despite having enormous potential as a biocontrol agent against postharvest diseases of fruits, the fruit–endophyte–pathogen interactions have not been studied detail. Therefore, this review aims to briefly discuss the colonization patterns of endophytes and pathogens in the host tissue, the diversity and distribution patterns of endophytes in the carposphere of fruits, and host–endophyte–pathogen interactions and the molecular mechanism of the endophytic microbiome in postharvest disease management in fruits. Postharvest loss management is one of the major concerns of the current century. It is considered a critical challenge to food security for the rising global population. However, to manage the postharvest loss, still, a large population relies on chemical fungicides, which affect food quality and are hazardous to health and the surrounding environment. However, the scientific community has searched for alternatives for the last two decades. In this context, endophytic microorganisms have emerged as an economical, sustainable, and viable option to manage postharvest pathogens with integral colonization properties and eliciting a defense response against pathogens. This review extensively summarizes recent developments in endophytic interactions with harvested fruits and pathogens—the multiple biocontrol traits of endophytes and colonization and diversity patterns of endophytes. In addition, the upscale commercial production of endophytes for postharvest disease treatment is discussed. Copyright © 2022 Kumari, Qureshi, Jaremko, White, Singh, Sharma, Singh, Santoyo, Puopolo and Kumar.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Frontiers in Plant Science
Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to the Author(s).
Keywords: endophytes, molecular interactions, biocontrol screening, commercial hurdles, postharvest management, fruits
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Biochemistry
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2023 10:04
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2023 10:04
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/79130

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