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Ecological Studies

Mycorrhizal Networks

Editors: Horton, Thomas R. (Ed.)

  • The first book that reviews dramatic recent progress in understanding of the role of mycorrhizal networks in plant nutrition
  • Proposes new testing to expand understanding of carbon movement between plants, via mycorrhizal networks
  • Offers an up-to-date assessment of plant nutrition research, contributed by leading experts in the field
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The last 25 years have seen significant advances in our understanding of the mycorrhizal fungi that colonize most of the world’s plants, and the mycorrhizal networks that form and extend into the soil beyond plant roots. In addition to a thorough review of recent research on mycorrhizal networks, this book provides readers with alternative perspectives. The book is organized into three sections: Network Structure, Nutrient Dynamics, and the Mutualism-Parasitism Continuum.

Chapter 1 addresses the specificity of ectomycorrhizal symbionts and its role in plant communities, and provides an updated list of terms and definitions. Chapter 2 explores interactions between symbionts in mycorrhizal fungi networks, as well as interactions between fungal individuals. The second section of the book begins with the examination in Chapter 3 of extramatrical mycelium (mycelia beyond the root tips) in ectomycorrhizal fungi, focused on carbon and nitrogen. Chapter 4 reviews the influence of mycorrhizal networks on outcomes of plant competition in arbuscular mycorrhizal plant communities. Chapter 5 discusses nutrient movement between plants through networks with a focus on the magnitude, fate and importance of mycorrhiza-derived nutrients in ectomycorrhizal plants. Section 3

opens with a review of research on the role of ectomycorrhizal networks on seedling establishment in a primary successional habitat, in Chapter 6. The focus of Chapter 7 is on facilitation and antagonism in arbuscular mycorrhizal networks. Chapter 8 explores the unique networking dynamic of Alnus, which differs from most ectomycorrhizal plant hosts in forming isolated networks with little direct connections to networks of other host species in a forest. Chapter 9 argues that most experiments have not adequately tested the role of mycorrhizal networks on plant community dynamics, and suggests more tests to rule out alternative hypotheses to carbon movement between plants, especially those that include experimental manipulations of the mycorrhizal networks.

Plant ecologists have accumulated a rich body of knowledge regarding nutrient acquisition by plants. The editor proposes that research indicating that mycorrhizal fungi compete for nutrients, which are then delivered to multiple hosts through mycorrhizal networks, represents an important new paradigm for plant ecologists.

Reviews

“The book brings together a group of well-respected experts in their particular fields of mycology and ecology. … The editor, authors and publishing staff did an excellent job on the content, style, and format of this book. Overall, I can recommend this book as a reference source for scientists already involved in mycorrhizal research, and as a scoping source for scientists from other disciplines looking for a manageable and well-studied example of a symbiotic system.” (Richard O’Hanlon, Symbiosis, January, 2016)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Mycorrhiza Specificity: Its Role in the Development and Function of Common Mycelial Networks

    Molina, Randy (et al.)

    Pages 1-39

  • Functional Significance of Anastomosis in Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Networks

    Giovannetti, Manuela (et al.)

    Pages 41-67

  • The Importance of Ectomycorrhizal Networks for Nutrient Retention and Carbon Sequestration in Forest Ecosystems

    Wallander, Håkan (et al.)

    Pages 69-90

  • Nutrient Dynamics in Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Networks

    Jakobsen, Iver (et al.)

    Pages 91-131

  • Resource Transfer Between Plants Through Ectomycorrhizal Fungal Networks

    Simard, Suzanne (et al.)

    Pages 133-176

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
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Hardcover $179.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-017-7394-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mycorrhizal Networks
Editors
  • Thomas R. Horton
Series Title
Ecological Studies
Series Volume
224
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-7395-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-7395-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-7394-2
Series ISSN
0070-8356
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 286
Number of Illustrations and Tables
25 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour
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