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Mycorrhizal Symbiosis - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780123705266, 9780080559346

Mycorrhizal Symbiosis

3rd Edition

Authors: Sally Smith David Read
eBook ISBN: 9780080559346
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123705266
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 9th April 2008
Page Count: 800
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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


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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


Reviews of the First Edtion:

"Lucid writing, together with obvious enthusiasm for the subject, make this book pleasurable and stimulating to read. There is no doubt that it will indeed be essential reading for the increasing number of people studying mycorrhizals in many parts of the world." --Society of General Microbiology Quarterly

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