Impact of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) in Global Sustainable Environments

  • Sanjeev Kumar
  • Joginder Singh
Part of the Fungal Biology book series (FUNGBIO)


With the application of green revolution techniques and at the same time consistent degradation of natural ecosystem, there has been a question about the sustainability of current agricultural practices. Yields of many crop species now are stagnant in various agro-climatic zones since 15–20 years. This is due to the continuous loading of industrial effluents in several agro ecosystems that has led to a rapid yield decline, which in turn results in increased food insecurity and soil degradation. This decline in yield could partly be associated with the presence of highly efficient plant symbionts, arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi in cultivated soils that have been lost after several years of contamination of soils with industrial pollutants. Many AM fungal ecotypes colonize with the root of specific hyperaccumulator plant species and enhance heavy metal tolerance mechanism and accumulations. Despite the multiple roles of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) in the entire terrestrial ecosystem, the impact on their biodiversity in response to the industrial effluents and modern high input agriculture is less understood. Therefore, this chapter aims to critically review the basis of sustainable agricultural practices and explore the role of mycorrhizal species in the altered ecosystem.


Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi Industrial wasteland Mycorrhizosphere Symbiosis Sustainable environments 



The authors wish to thank financial contributions from Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI), New Delhi, India. We thank Dr. R K Pachauri, Director General, TERI, for providing the necessary infrastructure for carrying out the research work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sanjeev Kumar
    • 1
  • Joginder Singh
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Genetics and Plant BreedingLovely Professional UniversityJalandharIndia
  2. 2.Department of BiotechnologySchool of Bioengineering and Biosciences, Lovely Professional University, JalandharPunjabIndia

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