Interaction between Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi and Plants

Their Importance in Sustainable Agriculture in Arid and Semiarid Tropics
  • D. J. Bagyaraj
  • Ajit Varma
Part of the Advances in Microbial Ecology book series (AMIE, volume 14)


Sustainability refers to productive performance of a system over time. It implies use of natural resources to meet the present needs without jeopardizing the future potential. The concept has an undefined time dimension. The magnitude of the time dimension depends on one’s objectives, being shorter for economic factors and longer for concerns pertaining to environment, soil productivity, and land degradation. The shorter time dimension is generally less than a decade, while the longer time span may be up to five decades or more. The time dimension is also clearly addressed in the definition of sustainability adopted by the Technical Advisory Committee of the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research: “Successful management of resources for agriculture to satisfy changing human needs while maintaining or enhancing the quality of the environment and conserving natural resources” (TAC, 1989).


Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungus Mycorrhizal Fungus Root Colonization Arbuscular Mycorrhiza Mycorrhizal Colonization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. J. Bagyaraj
    • 1
  • Ajit Varma
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural MicrobiologyUniversity of Agricultural SciencesBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.School of Life SciencesJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia

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