Mycorrhizas: Novel Dimensions in the Changing World
Shah, Manzoor Ahmad
2014, XI, 87 p. 26 illus., 9 illus. in color.
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Mycorrhizal symbiosis is discussed with its relevance for the global climate change scenario, which is an entirely new perspective
Several interesting aspects of mycorrhiza and some path-breaking discoveries in the field are the highlights of the book
The book discusses invasive alien plants, which presently constitute one of the most important thrust areas of ecological research
The book provides basic knowledge in mycorrhizal ecology, knitted with novel conceptual frameworks and contemporary perspectives, especially in the context of global change. In a fast changing world wherein anthropogenic climate change, biological invasions, deforestation, desertiﬁcation, and frequent droughts have become routine hard realities, the contents of this book urge readers to rethink basic notions of setting and accomplishing objectives in mycorrhizal research to make sense vis-à-vis contemporary challenges. In this book, a global perspective of mycorrhizal diversity and distribution is provided, followed by some insights into the impact of various global change elements such as climate change, plant invasion, and extreme environmental conditions on mycorrhizas and the role of these mutualists in turn to help their host plants to withstand such novel selection pressures. Special attention here is given to the interesting, but largely neglected, topics such as the role of mycorrhizas in ecological restoration of degraded environments and mycorrhizal status of aquatic plants. The basic idea is to unify various topical areas in mycorrhizal science in an integrated framework. This book can be used by the undergraduate and graduate level students studying mycorrhizal symbioses in the context of current ecological applications. The materials in this book will beneﬁt biological scientists actively involved in research on mycorrhizal ecology and global environmental change. Besides, the contents of the book could be of special interest to restoration ecologists and biodiversity managers.
Introduction.- 1. Mycorrhizas: An Overview.- 2. Mycorrhizas: Global Patterns and Trends.- 3. Mycorrhizas and Global Climate Change.- 4. Mycorrhizas in Relation to Plant Rarity and Invasiveness.- 5. Mycorrhizas and Ecological Restoration.- 6. Mycorrhizas in Extreme Environments.- 7. Mycorrhizas in Aquatic Plants.- 8. Approaches to Mycorrhizal Studies.- Glossary.- Index.- Bibliography.