Edited By: DJ Read, DH Lewis, A Fitter and I Alexander
420 pages, Figs
In nature, the roots of most plants are infected by symbiotic fungi to form mycorrhiza which play a central role in the capture of nutrients from the soil. Most of our knowledge of the biology of the mycorrhizal symbiosis has been derived from studies carried out under controlled conditions in the laboratory or glasshouse. There is an increasing awareness of the need to extend these studies to the more natural situations in which the symbiosis evolved and in which it normally functions. This volume brings together a series of papers which place major emphasis upon mycorrhizal function in nature. They consist of edited and revised contributions to the Third European Symposium on Mycorrhizas, held at the University of Sheffield, 19-23 August 1991.
"This volume presents a series of 48 papers that were given originally as invited lectures at the Third European Symposium on Mycorrhizas. Abstracts of 61 posters presented at the meeting are also included. The book is superbly edited, and the result is undoubtedly the most complete description of mycorrhizal activities that has been published thus far. Consideration has been given to all of the major types of mycorrhiza. . . . This book is exhaustive in its treatment of the various aspects of mycorrhizal associations and in the questions that the authors ask about their effects. It will be an invaluable reference book for anyone interested in the biology and ecology of mycorrhiza, and in the development of methods to encourage their participation in agricultural systems."--The Quarterly Review of Biology
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