African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5210

Short Communication

Endophytic Fusarium spp. from wild banana (Musa acuminata) roots

Latiffah Zakaria1,2* and Nur Hidayah Abdul Rahman1
  1School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 USM, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. 2Centre of Marine and Coastal Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia (CEMACS-Mukahead), 11800 USM, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 23 August 2011
  •  Published: 09 October 2011



Endophytic Fusarium species were isolated from roots of wild banana (Musa acuminata) collected randomly in several locations in Penang Island, Malaysia. A total of 54 isolates ofFusarium were recovered from 100 root fragments. Based on morphological features of macroconidia, microconidia and conidiogenous cells, three Fusarium species were identified in which the most common species was F. oxysporum (41.5%) followed by F. solani (32.1%) and F. semitectum (24.5%). The present study showed that there are diverse endophytic Fusarium species in the roots of wild banana and has the potential to be used as biological control agents.


Key words: Endophyte, Fusarium, root, wild banana.