Interactions Between Mycorrhizal Fungi and Bacteria to Improve Plant Nutrient Cycling and Soil Structure

  • Jose Miguel Barea
  • R. Azcón
  • C. Azcón-Aguilar
Part of the Soil Biology book series (SOILBIOL, volume 3)

7 Conclusions

In summary, it can be concluded that arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and specific rhizosphere bacteria interact to improve plant nutrient (mainly N and P) cycling, as evidenced by using isotope dilution approaches. Such microbial interactions also improve physicochemical soil properties, particularly aggregate formation. These microbial activities have been demonstrated to contribute to plant fitness and soil quality, critical issues for sustainable agricultural development and ecosystem functioning.


Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungus Mycorrhizal Fungus Rock Phosphate Arbuscular Mycorrhiza Mycorrhizal Inoculation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jose Miguel Barea
    • 1
  • R. Azcón
    • 1
  • C. Azcón-Aguilar
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Microbiología del Suelo y Sistemas SimbióticosEstación Experimental del ZaidínGranadaSpain

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