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The importance of mycorrhiza is amply established as biofertilizers, for their role in the establishment of plants in stress habitats and nutrient-deficient soils, and as biocontrol agents. This book fulfils a great demand for a laboratory manual on mycorrhizal research describing the basic techniques, and contains chapters by eminent Indian mycorrhizologists. As well as basic laboratory exercises (rather than only modern aspects of experimentation), chapters on mycorrhizal dependency, mycorrhiza as biocontrol agents in agriculture, horticulture and forestry, and the establishment of micropropagated plants make this compilation unique. It is aimed at researchers, scientists and government agencies, and is required reading for graduate and postgraduate courses in mycorrhizal biology. The editor's previous books include "Concepts in Mycorrhizal Research" and "Mycorrhizal Biology".
Preface. Introduction: Mycorrhizal Studies. C. Manoharachary, K.G. Mukerji. 1. Soil microbes; K.K. Mukerji. 2. Soil microflora: isolation, enumeration and identification; R. Gupta, H. Mohapatra. 3. Soil factors in relation to distribution and occurence of vesicular arbuscular mycorrhiza; R. Kapoor, et al. 4. Rhizosphere biology; K.G. Mukerji. 5. Root exudate biology; R. Gupta, K.G. Mukerji. 6. Isolation of ectomycorrhizal fungi: methods and techniques; S. Kumar, T. Satyanarayana. 7. Production of incoulum of ectomycorrhizal fungi; S. Kumar, T. Satyanarayana. 8. Identification of ectomycorrhizas; K. Natarajan, V. Mohan. 9. Techniques for the isolation of VAM/AM fungi in soil; R. Gupta, K.G. Mukerji. 10. Methods in study of viability of VAM fungal spores; M. Bansal, K.G. Mukerji. 11. Root-Clearing techniques and quantification of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi; C. Manoharachary, I.K. Kunwar. 12. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi - identification, taxonomic criteria, classification, controversies and terminology; C. Manoharachary, et al. 13. Techniques of AM fungus inoculum production; G. Singh, K.V.B.R. Tilak. 14. Multiplication of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on roots; P. Chellappan, et al. 15. Biotechnological approaches for mass production or arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi: current scenario and future strategies; A. Khaliq, et al. 16. VAM technology in establishment of plants under salinity stress conditions; B. Giri, et al. 17. Method in study of degradation of mycorrhizal roots; M. Bansal, K.G. Mukerji. 18. Ericoid mycorrhiza-isolation and identification; Sumeet, K.G. Mukerji. 19. Ericoid mycorrhizae-current status; G. Singh, K.G. Mukerji. 20. Orchidoid mycorrhiza and techniques to investigate; S.P. Vij, et al. 21. Some aspects of monotropoid mycorrhizas; C. Manoharachary, et al. 22. Role of mycorrhizae in in vitro micropropagation of plant; P.S. Srivastava, et al. 23. Evaluating performance of plants infected with vescicular arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi for alleviating abiotic stresses; P. Sharmila, P.P. Saradhi. 24. Mycorrhizae as biocontrol agents; L.J.C. Xavier, S.M. Boyetchko. Index. List of Contributers.