Diversity and Biotechnology of Ectomycorrhizae

  • Mahendra Rai
  • Ajit Varma

Part of the Soil Biology book series (SOILBIOL, volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Diversity, Morphology and Applications

  3. Biotechnological Aspect of ECM

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Bartolomeu Acioli-Santos, Helder Elísio E. Vieira, Cláudia E. P. Lima, Leonor C. Maia
      Pages 87-121
    3. Minna J. Kemppainen, Maria C. Alvarez Crespo, Alejandro G. Pardo
      Pages 123-141
    4. Par Duponnois Robin, Bâ Amadou, Mousain Daniel, Galiana Antoine, Baudoin Ezékiel, Dreyfus Bernard et al.
      Pages 143-155
    5. Paula Baptista, Rui Manuel Tavares, Teresa Lino-Neto
      Pages 157-175
    6. Minna J. Kemppainen, Alejandro G. Pardo
      Pages 177-206
  4. Functions and Interactions

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 455-459

About this book


Ectomycorrhizal fungi play multifunctional roles during symbioses with higher plants. They can serve as bioprotectors, biofertilizers, bioremediators and stress indicators. Further, they are the true “mycoindicators” of forest ecosystems, where an enormous diversity of ectomycorrhizal fungi can be found. Some ectomycorrhizal fungi also produce edible sporocarps, i.e., fruiting bodies, which are important for the food industry. Ectomycorrhizal fungi also produce various metal chelating molecules, which are of remarkable biotechnological significance and which also secrete useful secondary metabolites. Molecular approaches are required for the identification and differentiation of fungi forming symbioses with higher plants, while molecular tools are important to understand how genes are expressed during symbiosis with higher plants. Students, researchers and teachers of botany, mycology, microbiology, forestry, and biotechnology will find a valuable source of information in this Soil Biology volume.


Agrobacterium tumefaciens Bioindicators Bioremediation Fungi Symbiosis

Editors and affiliations

  • Mahendra Rai
    • 1
  • Ajit Varma
    • 2
  1. 1., Dept. BiotechnologySGB Amravati UniversityAmravatiIndia
  2. 2.Amity Institute of Microbial SciencesAmity University Uttar PradeshNoidaIndia

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