Deciphering the role of endophytic microbiome in postharvest diseases management of fruits: Opportunity areas in commercial up-scale production

Madhuree Kumari, Kamal A. Qureshi, Mariusz Jaremko, James White, Sandeep Kumar Singh, Vijay Kumar Sharma, Kshitij Kumar Singh, Gustavo Santoyo, Gerardo Puopolo, Ajay Kumar

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As endophytes are widely distributed in the plant’s internal compartments and despite having enormous potential as a biocontrol agent against postharvest diseases of fruits, the fruit–endophyte–pathogen interactions have not been studied detail. Therefore, this review aims to briefly discuss the colonization patterns of endophytes and pathogens in the host tissue, the diversity and distribution patterns of endophytes in the carposphere of fruits, and host–endophyte–pathogen interactions and the molecular mechanism of the endophytic microbiome in postharvest disease management in fruits. Postharvest loss management is one of the major concerns of the current century. It is considered a critical challenge to food security for the rising global population. However, to manage the postharvest loss, still, a large population relies on chemical fungicides, which affect food quality and are hazardous to health and the surrounding environment. However, the scientific community has searched for alternatives for the last two decades. In this context, endophytic microorganisms have emerged as an economical, sustainable, and viable option to manage postharvest pathogens with integral colonization properties and eliciting a defense response against pathogens. This review extensively summarizes recent developments in endophytic interactions with harvested fruits and pathogens—the multiple biocontrol traits of endophytes and colonization and diversity patterns of endophytes. In addition, the upscale commercial production of endophytes for postharvest disease treatment is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1026575
JournalFrontiers in Plant Science
StatePublished - Nov 17 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Plant Science


  • biocontrol screening
  • commercial hurdles
  • endophytes
  • fruits
  • molecular interactions
  • postharvest management


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