Research Advance in Mycorrhiza of <i>Paphiopedilum</i>
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Chinese Journal of Tropical Crops ›› 2023, Vol. 44 ›› Issue (11): 2157-2166.DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1000-2561.2023.11.003

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Research Advance in Mycorrhiza of Paphiopedilum

LI Yixuan1,2, FANG Lin1, CHEN Hong1, LI Lin1, WU Kunlin1, ZENG Songjun1,3,*()   

  1. 1. Key Laboratory of South China Agricultural Plant Molecular Analysis and Gene Improvement, South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510650, China
    2. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
    3. Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Applied Botany, South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510650, China
  • Received:2023-04-10 Revised:2023-04-23 Online:2023-11-25 Published:2023-12-08
  • Contact: *ZENG Songjun,


In the Orchidaceae family, Paphiopedilum exhibits extraordinary ornamental value and promising market prospects due to its unique appearance. However, Paphiopedilum is at risk of extinction worldwide due to slow growth rate, high environmental demands, and continuous collection by humans. Artificial seedlings can serve as a potential solution for ex situ conservation, reintroduction and commercial production. Unfortunately, artificial propagation is challenged due to low seed germination rate, slow growth rate, and limited resistance to ecological environments. Mycorrhizal symbiosis between plants and fungi has played a crucial role in the natural development of Paphiopedilum, particularly endophytic fungi, which significantly contribute to seed germination and plant growth. This article presents an analysis of features of endophytic fungi of Paphiopedilum, methods of endophytic fungi separation, types and functions of research, and the application prospects, while also outlining future research direction for the conservation of wild Paphiopedilum, seed germination and commercialization. This study aims to provide a comprehensive reference for future research on Paphiopedilum conservation, seed germination and commercialization.

Key words: Paphiopedilum, endophytic fungi, research advance

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