235 pages, 15 plates with colour photos, colour illustrations; b/w photos, b/w illustrations, tables
Plants interact with a wide variety of organisms in their natural growing environments. Key amongst these relationships is the interplay between plants and diverse fungal species that impact plants in complex symbiotic, parasitic and pathogenic ways.
Biocomplexity of Plant-Fungal Interactions explores a broad spectrum of research looking at both positive and negative interactions of these relationships on plants and their ecosystems. Biocomplexity of Plant-Fungal Interactions takes a more holistic view of the plant-fungal interactions than most traditional volumes on the topic. Focusing on the truly complex biological interplay among plants and fungi, as well as other organisms-mammals, insects, bacteria, viruses, Biocomplexity of Plant-Fungal Interactions provides a unique perspective on this fundamentally important relationship. Chapters are written from molecular, evolutionary and ecological perspectives to provide readers with a full understanding of the diverse implications of plant-fungal interactions.
Written by a global team of experts from varied scientific backgrounds, Biocomplexity of Plant-Fungal Interactions will be an essential title for readers looking for a better understanding of the diverse array of interactions between plants and fungi in natural ecosystems.
1. Fungal Endophytes as a Driving Force in Land Plant Evolution: Evidence from the Fossil Record
2. Molecular Interactions in Mycorrhizal Development
3. Arbuscular Mycorrhizae and Grassland Ecosystems
4. Mycorrhizal Networks and Seedling Establishment in Douglas-fir Forests
5. Biology of Mycoheterotrophic and Mixotrophic Plants
6. Fungi and Leaf Surfaces
7. Fungal Influence on Plant Tolerance to Stress
8. Fungi, Plants, and Pollinators: Sex, Disease, and Deception
9. Dynamic Interplay in a Multivariate World: Case Studies in Mycorrhizal and Endophytic Fungal Interactions with Herbivores
10. Biocomplexity in Plant-Fungal Interactions
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Darlene Southworth is Professor Emeritus of Biology at Southern Oregon University.