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DOI 10.1080/07352689.2011.605741
Title (Primary) Progress and challenges in agricultural applications of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi
Author Fester, T.; Sawers, R.
Source Titel Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences
Year 2011
Department UMB
Volume 30
Issue 5
Page From 459
Page To 470
Language englisch
Keywords agriculture, agroecosystems, anthropogenic impact, arbuscular mycorrhiza, biological diversity, community composition, ecosystem services, genetic variability, land use intensity, plant responsiveness
Abstract Arbuscular mycorrhiza is a widespread interaction between plant roots and mutualistic fungi that both promotes plant mineral nutrition and supports stability in many natural ecosystems. Given the demand in current agriculture for these ecosystem services, it appears desirable to further integrate this interaction in current management schemes. While two different approaches can be identified in this regard, a number of problems have limited the agricultural application of mycorrhiza to date. In this review, the sensitivity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to certain agricultural management methods, the functional variability of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, and the variability of plant responsiveness will be discussed in particular. In addition we will focus on recent advances in the study of mycorrhiza in natural ecosystems, and illustrate how such knowledge might be used to further the integration of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in agricultural regimes, and so increase the sustainability and robustness of current practice.
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Fester, T., Sawers, R. (2011):
Progress and challenges in agricultural applications of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi
Crit. Rev. Plant Sci. 30 (5), 459 - 470 10.1080/07352689.2011.605741