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The Ecology of Mycorrhizae : Cambridge Studies in Ecology - Michael F. Allen

The Ecology of Mycorrhizae

Cambridge Studies in Ecology

Paperback

Published: 24th June 1991
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A great many terrestrial plants live in close association with fungi. The features of this association, which is known as mycorrhiza, are those of a mutualistic symbiosis. Almost all plants from mycorrhizae whereby the fungus provides soil resources to the plant in exchange for energy provided by the plant. The symbiosis means greater productivity under stress for the plant and a steady energy supply for the fungus. This book addresses the diverse and complex ways in which mycorrhizae affect the mechanism for plant survival as individuals and populations, for community structure and functioning. An evolutionary/ecological approach is used to describe how and under what conditions mycorrhizal symbioses range from managing natural and agricultural lands to biotechnological processes that enhance agricultural productivity and sustainability. The Ecology of Mycorrhizae will be an invaluable book, applicable to all levels of theoretical and applied research in agronomy, botany, ecology, environmental microbiology, and plant pathology.

"...a refreshing divergence from traditional analyses of mycorrhizal research. This timely reference deserves a place on the shelf of serious ecologists and biologists, novice and experienced scientist alike." Robert L. Tate III, Soil Science "Throughout the book, technical material is amply supported by contemporary and historical references. Readers unfamiliar with mycorrhizae will gain sufficient knowledge by reading this book to feel comfortable delving into specialized topics in greater depth...even seasoned professionals might find inspiration in this book." Larry Kapustka, BioScience "...will make an important contribution to the field of mycorrhizal research. It is also a must for the restoration ecologist who will learn that mycorrhizae are not a panacea, but rather a means of integrating whole systems." R. Michael Miller, Restoration & Management Notes

List of figures
Preface
Introduction
Structure-functioning relationships
Evolution
Physiological and population biology
Community ecology
Ecosystem dynamics
Mycorrhizae and succession
Future directions for mycorrhizal research
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521335539
ISBN-10: 0521335531
Series: Cambridge Studies in Ecology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 24th June 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.3