Mycorrhizal Symbiosis

Mycorrhizal Symbiosis

3rd Edition - April 9, 2008

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  • Authors: Sally Smith, David Read
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080559346
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123705266

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The roots of most plants are colonized by symbiotic fungi to form mycorrhiza, which play a critical role in the capture of nutrients from the soil and therefore in plant nutrition. Mycorrhizal Symbiosis is recognized as the definitive work in this area. Since the last edition was published there have been major advances in the field, particularly in the area of molecular biology, and the new edition has been fully revised and updated to incorporate these exciting new developments.

Key Features

  • Over 50% new material
  • Includes expanded color plate section
  • Covers all aspects of mycorrhiza
  • Presents new taxonomy
  • Discusses the impact of proteomics and genomics on research in this area


Microbiologists, Applied Microbiologists, Biotechnologists, Soil microbiologists/scientists, Agricultural scientists, Plant scientists, Mycologists, Molecular Biologists

Table of Contents

  • Section 1 Arbuscular Mycorrhizas
    1. The Symbionts Forming Arbuscular Mycorrhizas
    2. Colonization of Roots and Anatomy of Arbuscular Mycorrhizas
    3. Genetic, Cellular and Molecular Interactions in the Establishment of Arbuscular Mycorrhizas
    4. Growth and Carbon Economy of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbionts
    5. Mineral Nutrition, Toxic Element Accumulation and Water Relations of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Plants

    Section 2 Ectomycorrhizas
    6. Structure and Development of Ectomycorrhizal Roots
    7. Ectendo- and Arbutoid Mycorrhizas
    8. Growth and Carbon Allocation of Ectomycorrhizal Symbionts
    9. Nitrogen Mobilization and Nutrition in Ectomycorrhizal Plants
    10. Phosphorus and Base Cation Nutrition, Heavy Metal Accumulation and Water Relations of Ectomycorrhizal Plants

    Section 3 Ericoid, Orchid and Mycoheterotrophic Mycorrhizas
    11. Ericoid Mycorrhizas
    12. Mycorrhizas of Green Orchids
    13. Mycorrhizas in Achlorophyllous Plants (Mycoheterotrophs)
    14. Fungal Symbioses in Lower Land Plants

    Section 4 Functioning of Mycorrhizas in Broader Contexts
    15. The Roles of Mycorrhizas in Successional Processes and in Selected Biomes
    16. Mycorrhizas in Ecological Interactions
    17. Mycorrhizas in Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry

Product details

  • No. of pages: 800
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2008
  • Published: April 9, 2008
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080559346
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123705266

About the Authors

Sally Smith

Affiliations and Expertise

Soil and Land Systems, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Adelaide, Australia

David Read

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, The University of Sheffield, UK

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