, Volume 10, Issue 5, pp 255–258

Modeling arbuscular mycorrhizal infection: is % infection an appropriate variable?

  • Michael F. Allen


Several available models of arbuscular mycorrhizal infection are based on fitting % infection to a logistic curve and then relating the various parameters to biological functions. I suggest here that this direction is misleading. Percent infection is a value derived from the growth of two interdependent but distinct organisms, each of which is seeking to maximize its own growth and survival. I suggest that two-organism models, such as those derived from Lotka-Volterra equations, are more useful for understanding the biology and functioning of mycorrhizae.


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael F. Allen
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  1. 1.Center for Conservation Biology, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521–0334, USA e-mail: Tel.: +1-909-7875494, Fax: +1-909-7874625US

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