Definition of endophyte in English:



  • A plant, especially a fungus, which lives inside another plant.

    • ‘It is a type of fungus called an endophyte that lives inside the kernels of corn plants, neither harming nor benefiting its host.’
    • ‘The presence of the endophyte in tillers and leaves was tested in infected plants as well as its absence in non-infected plants.’
    • ‘A research team reports that in tree leaves, these fungi, called endophytes, can limit damage from attacking disease agents.’
    • ‘Compared with the plots planted with fungus-free grass, the plots containing the endophyte had fewer different plant species.’
    • ‘Alternatively, endophytes that produce alkaloids also may compete with the plant for nutrients.’