Mycorrhizal Ecology

  • Marcel G. A. van der Heijden
  • Ian R. Sanders

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 157)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIV
  2. Introduction

  3. Ecophysiology, Ecosystem Effects and Global Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Suzanne W. Simard, Melanie D. Jones, Daniel M. Durall
      Pages 33-74
    3. Pål Axel Olsson, Iver Jakobsen, Håkan Wallander
      Pages 93-115
    4. Matthias C. Rillig, Kathleen K. Treseder, Michael F. Allen
      Pages 135-160
  4. Biodiversity, Plant and Fungal Communities

  5. Multitrophic Interactions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 293-293
    2. Catherine A. Gehring, Thomas G. Whitham
      Pages 295-320
    3. J. R. Leake, D. P. Donnelly, L. Boddy
      Pages 345-372
  6. Host Specificity and Co-evolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 373-373
    2. D. L. Taylor, T. D. Bruns, J. R. Leake, D. J. Read
      Pages 375-413
  7. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 439-439
    2. Marcel G. A. van der Heijden, Ian R. Sanders
      Pages 441-456
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 457-471

About this book


Plants collaborate with many micro-organisms in the rhizosphere to form mutualistic associations. One of the best examples is the mycorrhizal symbio­ sis between plants and fungi. Here, fungi support plants with mineral nutri­ ents and other services and the fungi, in turn, receive photosynthates from the autotrophic plants. Mycorrhizal associations are common in almost all eco­ systems and 80 % of all land plants associate with these mutualistic soil fungi. There is an increasing awareness among biologists, ecologists and mycolo­ gists that mycorrhizal associations need to be considered in order to under­ stand the ecology and evolution of plants, plant communities and ecosystems. In the last decade, many advances and breakthroughs have been made in mycorrhizal ecology. We aim to summarise these advances in this Volume, with special emphasis given to the ecological function of the mycorrhizal symbiosis. This Volume is divided into six sections. The first section gives an intro­ duction to the mycorrhizal symbiosis and discusses the progress that has been made in understanding the ecological function of this association. The second section deals with the eco-physiology of mycorrhizal plants. It also covers the influence of global changes on the symbiosis. The third section dis­ cusses the influences of mycorrhizal fungi on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. It also discusses factors that influence the diversity and structure of mycorrhizal fungal communities. The fourth section shows the multi­ trophic nature of the mycorrhizal symbiosis.


Co-Evolution Symbiose biodiversity biology cyclin ecology ecosystem environment microbe mineral nutrition nutrient cycling physiology terrestrial ecosystem terrestrial ecosystems Ökologie

Editors and affiliations

  • Marcel G. A. van der Heijden
    • 1
  • Ian R. Sanders
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Systems Ecology, Faculty of Earth and Life SciencesFree University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Institute of EcologyUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-00204-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-38364-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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