, Volume 9, Issue 6, pp 297–313

Arbuscular mycorrhizas of plants growing in the Western Ghats region, Southern India

  • T. Muthukumar
  • K. Udaiyan

DOI: 10.1007/s005720050274

Cite this article as:
Muthukumar, T. & Udaiyan, K. Mycorrhiza (2000) 9: 297. doi:10.1007/s005720050274


A survey of the arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) status of plants growing in the Western Ghats region of Southern India was undertaken. Root and soil samples of plants growing in the four vegetation types forest, grassland, scrub, and cultivated land or plantation were examined. Of the 329 species (representing 61 families) examined, 174 were mycorrhizal. AM association was recorded in 81 species for the first time, including species from several families assumed to be non-mycorrhizal, e.g. Amaranthaceae, Capparaceae, Commelinaceae, Cyperaceae and Portulacaceae. AM fungal spores of 35 species belonging to Acaulospora, Gigaspora, Glomus, Sclerocystis and Scutellospora were recorded. AM fungal species richness was found to be highest in scrub and lowest in agricultural and plantation soils. Mean colonization levels were dependent on plant life-form, life-cycle pattern and vegetation type.

Key words Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungiWestern GhatsLife-cycleLife-formGlomusAcaulosporaGigasporaScutellosporaSclerocystis

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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Muthukumar
    • 1
  • K. Udaiyan
    • 1
  1. 1.Microbiology Laboratory, Department of Botany, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore – 641 046, Tamil Nadu, India e-mail: Fax: 091-422-422387IN