Eleven brown algae, six green algae and eight red algae occurring along the coast of Tamilnadu state, southern India were screened for their fungal endophyte assemblages. The green algae had a low diversity of endophytes but were more densely colonized. The brown algae supported a higher diversity of endophytes. There were a few dominant endophyte species with a wide host range and several with low colonization frequency that were restricted to a few algal species. The endophytes produced bioactive compounds that inhibited bacteria, an alga and a fungus. They also produced antioxidants and insecticidal metabolites.
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