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.
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