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Molecular Genetics of Ectomycorrhizal Fungi

  • Vandana Gupta
  • T. Satyanarayana

Abstract

The mycorrhizal associations have evolved as a survival mechanism for both fungi and plants. These associations are as old as land plants. Ectomycorrhizal plants have evolved along with many of their ectomycorrhizal fungal partners (Miller and Walting, 1987; Nicolson, 1975). It is very difficult to find plants without mycorrhiza in natural ecosystems and in disturbed habitats, and forest plantations, agricultural and horticultural crops growing at low phosphate nutrition (Harley and Smith, 1983). From genetics point of view, mycorrhizal fungi are very different than other biotrophic fungi in that most species of ectomycorrhizal fungi have evolved to have a wide host range in contrast to the narrow range for pathogenic biotrophic fungi.

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Internal Transcribe Spacer Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungus Mycorrhizal Fungus Arbuscular Mycorrhiza Ectomycorrhizal Fungus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vandana Gupta
    • 1
  • T. Satyanarayana
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Microbiology South CampusUniversity of DelhiNew DelhiIndia

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