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The Application of Vesicular Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi in Afforestation

  • M. Kaur
  • K. G. Mukerji

Abstract

Desertification is a natural and dynamic process which claims millions of hectares of land annually. In addition to natural environmental factors such as impoverished soils, extreme temperatures, erratic rainfall and high wind velocity, anthropogenic activities such as deforestation, poor agricultural practices, mining, overgrazing and recreational activities create vast stretches of wastelands. Such areas are characterized by loss of vegetation cover, loss of soil structure, increase in soil erosion, loss of available nutrients and organic matter, loss of microbial propagules and /or diminution of microbial activities (Herrera et al., 1993).

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Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungus Mycorrhizal Fungus Plant Soil Arbuscular Mycorrhiza Fungal Hypha 
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  • M. Kaur
    • 1
  • K. G. Mukerji
    • 1
  1. 1.Applied Mycology Laboratory Department of BotanyDelhi UniversityDelhiIndia

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