Folia Geobotanica

, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 113–124

Molecular identification of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in roots: Perspectives and problems


DOI: 10.1007/BF02803144

Cite this article as:
Redecker, D., Hijri, I. & Wiemken, A. Folia Geobot (2003) 38: 113. doi:10.1007/BF02803144


Molecular identification methods are about to revolutionize studies on ecology of arbuscular mycorrhiza. These techniques offer the unique opportunity to investigate communities of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) within roots. Recent technical advances are reviewed, discussing their drawbacks and advantages. An experimental approach to analyze AMF communities within roots using a molecular identification method is presented. Sample results from the analysis of trap cultures from a current project are shown.


Arbuscular mycorrhiza Internal transcribed spacers Mycorrhizal ecology Polymerase chain reaction rDNA 

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© Institute of Botany, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Botanisches Institut der Universität BaselBaselSwitzerland

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