Arbuscular mycorrhiza: a viable strategy for soil nutrient loss reduction

  • Manoj PariharEmail author
  • Vijay Singh Meena
  • Pankaj Kumar Mishra
  • Amitava Rakshit
  • Mahipal Choudhary
  • Ram Prakash Yadav
  • Kiran Rana
  • Jaideep Kumar Bisht


Arbuscular mycorrhiza fungi’s (AMF) role in plant nutrition and stress management is well known, but very few researches and studies have been conducted so far on the fungal ability to reduce different nutrient losses (runoff, leaching and volatilization) from the soil system. This important ecosystem service of AMF had been neglected largely. From the recent findings, it has been confirmed that mycorrhizal symbiosis has potential to check the losses of applied nutrients. The role of soil biota in nutrient cycling is indispensable and determines the nutrient availability to plants. Among these biota, AMF’s association with plants is the most prevalent, but the exact mechanisms followed by AMF in nutrient cycling, transformation and reducing nutrient loss ability are still inconclusive. In this review, we will try to unlock this particular aspect of AMF which is important to achieve global food demand in a sustainable way.


AM fungi Nutrient use efficiency Nutrient losses Nutrient cycling 



We are thankful to ICAR-VPKAS, Almora and Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University for their constructive comments and suggestions, which helped us to improve this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ICAR-Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan (VPKAS)AlmoraIndia
  2. 2.Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Institute of Agricultural SciencesBanaras Hindu University (BHU)VaranasiIndia
  3. 3.Department of Agronomy, Institute of Agricultural SciencesBanaras Hindu University (BHU)VaranasiIndia

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