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Mycorrhizosphere Complexity

Hojka Kraigher and Marko Bajc and Tine Grebenc (2013) Mycorrhizosphere Complexity. In: Climate Change, Air Pollution and Global Challenges - Understanding and Perspectives from Forest Research. Developments in environmental science, 13 (13). Elevier, pp. 151-177. ISBN 978-0-08-098349-3

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Mycorrhizal fungi have evolved with their plant partners and enabled them with better growth in stressed and disturbed environments by better nutrient acquisition and protection against pathogens. Any stress or disturbance belowground is reflected first in changes in mycorrhizal community structure. The complex mycorrhizal networks and interactions among mycorrhizosphere organisms regulate the carbon dynamics and stability of forest ecosystems by ‘beneficial interactions’ or ‘collaboration’ rather than by competition—especially under stress and disturbance. This chapter provides an overview of mycorrhizal forms, structure and functions, their vulnerability and their central role in complex mycorrhizosphere interactions. Their disruption may lead to the loss of essential functions of forest ecosystems. The conservation of belowground interactions should be among priority areas of future research and monitoring programmes and strategies.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Ectomycorrhizae; Mycorrhizal diversity; Stress and disturbance; Belowground collaboration; Carbon dynamics
Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=SEARCH&base=COBIB&select=ID= 3751846
Divisions: Slovenian Forestry Institute > Department of Forest Physiology and Genetics
Item ID: 1082
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2015 15:33
Last Modified: 18 May 2017 14:24
URI: http://eprints.gozdis.si/id/eprint/1082

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