Type: Book

Instant Insights: Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi


Dr Michael Bitterlich



Publication date:

13 April 2021

Length of book:

134 pages

ISBN-13: 9781801460651

Paperback - £37.99
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This collection features four peer-reviewed literature reviews on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in agriculture.

The first chapter reviews the use of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) as biostimulants for sustainable crop production and explores the benefits of its use, such as bidirectional nutrient exchange and soil quality. The chapter discusses the requirements needed for successful implementation of AMF in sustainable crop production, and also maps the current market for mycorrhizal products.

The second chapter explores our understanding of how AMF can modify nutrient availability in soil, specifically concerning the roles that fungal ecology and physiology may play during the processes of nutrient acquisition and transformation. The chapter also refers to future opportunities in research to exploit AMF to improve nutrient-use efficiency.

The third chapter highlights further advances in our understanding of how AMF can improve root function in agricultural systems. The chapter also discusses the functional diversity apparent in plant responses to AMF colonisation.

The final chapter reviews the use of AMF-based bio-inoculants in tea cultivation. The chapter also discusses the range of AMF associated with tea and their effects on the tea rhizosphere, plant growth and quality.

Table of contents

Chapter 1 - Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi as biostimulants for sustainable crop production: Michael Bitterlich, Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Germany; Louis Mercy and Miguel Arato, INOQ GmbH, Germany; and Philipp Franken, Erfurt Research Centre for Horticultural Crops, University of Applied Sciences Erfurt and Institute of Microbiology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany; 1 Introduction 2 Functions and benefits of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi 3 Requirements for successful implementation of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi in sustainable plant production 4 The current market for mycorrhizal products 5 Conclusion 6 Where to look for further information 7 References
Chapter 2 - Advances in understanding arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal effects on soil nutrient cycling: Haiyang Zhang and Jeff R. Powell, Western Sydney University, Australia; 1 Introduction 2 Current understanding of AM fungi and nutrient cycling 3 AM fungal effects on soil fertility in an agronomic context 4 Future research: functional linkages between roots and AM fungi 5 Where to look for further information 6 References
Chapter 3 - The use of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to improve root function and nutrient-use efficiency: Tom Thirkell, Grace Hoysted, Ashleigh Elliott and Katie Field, University of Leeds, UK; and Tim Daniell, University of Sheffield, UK; 1 Introduction 2 Mycorrhizal nutrient acquisition 3 AMF effects on root architecture 4 Barriers to AMF utilisation in agriculture 5 Adapt, replace, restore (or ignore?) 6 Conclusion 7 Future trends in research 8 Where to look for more information 9 References
Chapter 4 - The role of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in tea cultivation: Shipra Singh and Anita Pandey, G. B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development, India; and Lok Man S. Palni, Graphic Era University, India; 1 Introduction 2 AMF, tea and the tea rhizosphere 3 Development of AMF-based bioformulation for tea plantations 4 Plant growth promotion following inoculation with AMF consortia 5 AMF inoculation, tea growth and tea quality 6 Conclusion and future perspectives 7 Where to look for further information 8 Acknowledgements 9 References