AMF: The future prospect for sustainable agriculture

We focus on the beneficial role of mycorrhiza, a heterogeneous group of fungi primarily associated with plant roots

Supratim Basu; Roel C. Rabara; Sangeeta Negi

2017

Scholarcy highlights

  • Our review article focuses on the following key aspects of mycorrhiza as a key solution for a sustainable agriculture:
  • Future prospects in a sustainable agriculture and how we can carry out future studies combining different omics strategies
  • A wide range of association exists in nature of which symbiotic association is the most evolutionary conserved where both the partners are mutually benefited
  • We focus on the beneficial role of mycorrhiza, a heterogeneous group of fungi primarily associated with plant roots
  • One group of root obligate mycorrhiza provides the host plant with water nutrients and importantly protects from pathogens, called Arbuscular mycorrhiza fungi. This association helps in improving the nutrient supply like nitrogen and phosphorus to the plants and in turn, the fungus gets 20% of the fixed carbon from the plants
  • Out of these associations, one group of root obligate mycorrhiza provides the host plant with water nutrients and importantly protects from pathogens, called Arbuscular mycorrhiza fungi
  • We discuss the current status of several studies, which unravel the contributions of partners involved in these symbiotic associations and can be exploited for improvement of agricultural crops in diverse environmental conditions

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