By Maria Constantin
Maybe you’ve heard about the one of the latest superheroes or better said “badheroes” movie called “Venom”. Venom is an alien that belongs to a species called “Symbiontes” which can inhabit living creatures conferring them superpowers. Plants have their own kind of Symbiontes living inside them. Scientists call them “endophytes” and just like Venom they can confer superpowers to the plant that they inhabit.
Figure 1. Venom the symbionte can colonize living creatures and confer superpowers to them.
Before the 18th century scientists thought that healthy plants were sterile, and did not know that endophytes were living inside plants. The term “endophytae” was used for the first time in 1809 by the German botanist Heinrich Friedrich Link to describe a “distinct group of partly parasitic fungi living in plant”. Endophyte stands for “endo”= inside and “phytae”= plants and nowadays is basically used for all microorganisms…
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