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Mycorrhiza - Function, Diversity, State of the Art

  • Ajit Varma
  • Ram Prasad
  • Narendra Tuteja
  • The fourth updated, enlargend, and revised edition of the successful monograph on mycorrhiza - now in three volumes!

  • With a strong emphasis on latest findings in the role of mycorrhiza in food security and environmental protection

  • Up-to-date overview of current progresses in mycorrhiza and their association with plant productivity and environmental sustainability

  • A must hands-on guide, ideally suited for agri-biotechnology, soil biology, fungal biology including mycorrrhiza and stress management, academia and researchers

  • Chapters include recent updated illustrative figures and tables


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Ram Prasad, Diksha Bhola, Khalid Akdi, Cristina Cruz, Sairam KVSS, Narendra Tuteja et al.
    Pages 1-7
  3. Priyanku Teotia, Manoj Kumar, Ram Prasad, Vivek Kumar, Narendra Tuteja, Ajit Varma
    Pages 9-26
  4. Cristina Cruz, Alessandro Ramos, Olubukola Oluranti Babalola, Hessini Kamel, Teresa Dias, Ajit Varma
    Pages 27-38
  5. Geetanjali Manchanda, Raghvendra Pratap Singh, Zhi Feng Li, Jun Jie Zhang
    Pages 39-60
  6. Devendra K. Choudhary, Ajit Varma, Narendra Tuteja
    Pages 61-74
  7. Francisca Reis, Rui M. Tavares, Paula Baptista, Teresa Lino-Neto
    Pages 75-97
  8. Vivek Kumar, Manoj Kumar, Ram Prasad, Narendra Tuteja, Ajit Varma
    Pages 177-185
  9. Izabela L. Kałucka, Andrzej M. Jagodziński
    Pages 187-229
  10. Antonietta Mello, Elisa Zampieri, Alessandra Zambonelli
    Pages 231-252
  11. Brandon Monier, Vincent Peta, Jerry Mensah, Heike Bücking
    Pages 253-274
  12. Alenka Gaberščik, Nataša Dolinar, Nina Šraj, Marjana Regvar
    Pages 291-304
  13. Uma Singhal, Ram Prasad, Ajit Varma
    Pages 349-364
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 385-394

About this book


This is the fourth updated and revised edition of a well-received book that emphasises on fungal diversity, plant productivity and sustainability. It contains new chapters written by leading experts in the field.

This book is an up-to-date overview of current progress in mycorrhiza and association with plant productivity and environmental sustainability. The result is a must hands-on guide, ideally suited for agri-biotechnology, soil biology, fungal biology including mycorrrhiza and stress management, academia and researchers.

 The topic of this book is particularly relevant to researchers involved in mycorrhiza, especially to food security and environmental protection.

 Mycorrhizas are symbioses between fungi and the roots of higher plants. As more than 90% of all known species of plants have the potential to form mycorrhizal associations, the productivity and species composition and the diversity of natural ecosystems are frequently dependent upon the presence and activity of mycorrhizas. The biotechnological application of mycorrhizas is expected to promote the production of food while maintaining ecologically and economically sustainable production systems.


Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi Biology Biotechnology Ecology Forest Fungi Genetics Growth Molecular biology Molecular genetics Morphogenesis Mycorrhiza Mycorrhization Physiology Plant Plants Systematics Truffle

Editors and affiliations

  • Ajit Varma
    • 1
  • Ram Prasad
    • 2
  • Narendra Tuteja
    • 3
  1. 1.Amity Institute of Microbial TechnologyAmity University Uttar PradeshNoidaIndia
  2. 2.Amity Institute of Microbial TechnologyAmity University Uttar PradeshNoidaIndia
  3. 3.Amity Institute of Microbial TechnologyAmity University Uttar Pradesh Amity Institute of Microbial TechnologyNoidaIndia

About the editors

Prof Dr Ajit Varma: Ajit Varma has completed his PhD at the age of 25 years from Allahabad University and Former Professor, School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. Presently, he is the Distinguished Scientist & Professor of Eminence of Amity Institute of Microbial Technology; Pro-Vice Chancellor, Ritnand Balved Education Foundation, and Vice Chairman, Amity Science, Technology & Innovation Foundation Amity University Uttar Pradesh, India. He has published more than 314 papers. Ajit Varma is the Fellow of Alexander-von-Humboldt Society, Germany, elected Fellow of National Academy Agricultural Sciences and Fellow of Microbiology Society of India.
Ajit Varma is also series editor of the Springer series "Soil Biology".

Dr Ram Prasad: Assistant professor at Amity Institute of Microbial technology, Amity University, Noida, India. He is working on plant microbe interaction, nanobiotechnology, and microbial biotechnology including fungal biology. Ram Prasad has edited several books and has published a number of research papers and review articles to his credit in international journals. During 2014, Ram Prasad has been awarded American Cancer Society UICC International Fellowship for Beginning Investigator, USA.

Prof Dr Narendra Tuteja: An elected fellow of numerous academies and visiting scientists at ICGEB, New Delhi, he is currently Director and Head of Amity Institute of Microbial technology, Amity University, Noida, UP, India. Narendra Tuteja has made significant contributions to crop improvement under adverse conditions, reporting the first helicase from plant and human cells and demonstrating new roles of Ku autoantigen, nuclolin and elF4A as DNA helicases. Narendra Tuteja also reported several high salinity stress tolerant genes from plant and fungi and developed salt/drought tolerant plants.

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“Periodic syntheses are essential to provide overviews of just where particular areas of research are today, and that is accomplished here in 18 chapters involving 45 authors drawn from 11 countries. … The book is nicely produced, with some coloured figures distributed though the text … . a collection of mainly potentially stand-alone chapters on particular aspects of mycorrhizal research … . Mycorrhizal researchers will consequently use this as a source for reviews of the selected subjects covered … .” (IMA Fungus, Vol. 8 (1), 2017)