Diversity of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi in Relation to Sustainable Plant Production Systems

  • Manju M. Gupta
  • Dipanti Chourasiya
  • Mahaveer P. Sharma


Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) have been suggested as an important component of sustainable plant production systems, where restoration and conservation of resources, including environment, is the mainstay. Present chapter highlights recent developments on AMF diversity with reference to its importance for sustainable production systems. The important aspects of taxonomic, genetic and functional diversity of AMF in relation to host-plant interaction, plant nutrient uptake, growth and productivity benefits along with soil nurturing properties such as aggregation are discussed. Influence of several agronomic practices on diversity of these fungi is reviewed with reference to its potential for future exploitation as a commercial biofertilizer.


Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi AMF diversity Plant responses Soil management practices 



One of us (MMG) duly acknowledges the financial support from the University Grants Commission as a major research project (MRP-MAJOR-BOTA-2013-21235).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manju M. Gupta
    • 1
  • Dipanti Chourasiya
    • 2
  • Mahaveer P. Sharma
    • 2
  1. 1.Sri Aurobindo College, Delhi UniversityNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.ICAR-Indian Institute of Soybean ResearchIndoreIndia

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