Mycorrhizae: Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry

  • Zaki Anwar Siddiqui
  • Mohd. Sayeed Akhtar
  • Kazuyoshi Futai

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Zaki A. Siddiqui, John Pichtel
    Pages 1-35
  3. Ruairidh J. H. Sawers, Shu-Yi Yang, Caroline Gutjahr, Uta Paszkowski
    Pages 37-59
  4. Philippe Giasson, Antoine Karam, Alfred Jaouich
    Pages 99-134
  5. Jitendra Panwar, R. S. Yadav, B. K. Yadav, J. C. Tarafdar
    Pages 159-176
  6. Kazuyoshi Futai, Takeshi Taniguchi, Ryota Kataoka
    Pages 241-285
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 351-359

About this book

Introduction

Mycorrhizal fungi are microbial engines which improve plant vigor and soil quality. They play a crucial role in plant nutrient uptake, water relations, ecosystem establishment, plant diversity, and the productivity of plants. Scientific research involves multidisciplinary approaches to understand the adaptation of mycorrhizae to the rhizosphere, mechanism of root colonization, effect on plant physiology and growth, biofertilization, plant resistance and biocontrol of plant pathogens. This book discusses and goes into detail on a number of topics: the molecular basis of nutrient exchange between arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi and host plants; the role of AM fungi in disease protection, alleviation of soil stresses and increasing grain production; interactions of AM fungi and beneficial saprophytic mycoflora in terms of plant growth promotion; the role of AM fungi in the restoration of native ecosystems; indirect contributions of AM fungi and soil aggregation to plant growth and mycorrhizosphere effect of multitrophic interaction; the mechanisms by which mycorrhizas change a disturbed ecosystem into productive land; the importance of reinstallation of mycorrhizal systems in the rhizosphere is emphasized and their impact on landscape regeneration, and in bioremediation of contaminated soils; Ectomycorrhizae (ECM) and their importance in forest ecosystems and associations of ECM in tropical rain forests function to maintain tropical monodominance; in vitro mycorrhization of micro-propagated plants, and visualizing and quantifying endorhizal fungi; the use of mycorrhizae, mainly AM and ECM, for sustainable agriculture and forestry.

Keywords

Fungi MicroAgro Pathogen biotechnology ecosystem forest mycorrhizas physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Zaki Anwar Siddiqui
    • 1
  • Mohd. Sayeed Akhtar
    • 1
  • Kazuyoshi Futai
    • 2
  1. 1.Aligarh Muslim UniversityAligarhIndia
  2. 2.Kyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8770-7
  • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-8769-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-8770-7
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