Interaction of Plants and Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi in Responses to Arsenic Stress: A Collaborative Tale Useful to Manage Contaminated Soils

  • Federico N. Spagnoletti
  • Raúl S. Lavado
  • Romina Giacometti


Arsenic (As) is a nonessential element, and its uptake and accumulation in plants can produce several negative effects including disturbance in metabolism and physiological disorders or, in extreme cases, cause plant death. However, some microorganisms have the capacity to tolerate those unfavorable effects and to improve plant development under As-enriched environments. Among them, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are able to alleviate the harmful effects of the metalloid. AMF have been found to occur in contaminated environments, possibly due to several physiological and biochemical mechanisms that fungi display to tolerate As presence. Mycorrhizal plants show more tolerance to As toxicity since (i) AMF inoculation increases plant biomass and promotes a dilution effect in the As concentration in plant; (ii) sequester As in intraradical hyphae, and reducing the metal intake by roots; (iii) mycorrhizal symbiosis immobilizes As, reducing its translocation to different plant tissues; (iv) AMF can reduce arsenic absorption by repressing the arsenate/phosphate transporters; (v) AMF promote the biotransformation of As and (vi) can protect its plant host reducing oxidative damage. This chapter summarizes current knowledge about the effect of As contamination on plants and the role of arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis and its contribution to the phytoremediation of polluted soil.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Federico N. Spagnoletti
    • 1
  • Raúl S. Lavado
    • 1
  • Romina Giacometti
    • 1
  1. 1.Facultad de AgronomíaUniversidad de Buenos Aires - INBA (CONICET/UBA)Buenos AiresArgentina

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