Fungal Nanoparticles Formed in Saline Environments Are Conducive to Soil Health and Remediation

  • Yi Wei
  • Li-Na Chen
  • Zi-Yu Zhang
  • Chi Zhu
  • Shi-Hong ZhangEmail author
Part of the Nanotechnology in the Life Sciences book series (NALIS)


Sodium salt-affected, heavy metal-contaminated, chemical fertilizer-overused, and other hazardous constituents-caused poor quality soils are collectively called unhealthy soils. These unhealthy soils ultimately result in yield reduction, quality decline, and loss of income for farmers. The saline environment-derived fungi have the ability to resist or tolerate certain high concentrations of salts no matter how halotolerant or halophilic they are. And several mechanisms to alleviate the damages of salt, heavy metal, or other hazardous chemicals have been reported in the halotolerant or halophilic fungi. Among these mechanisms, nanoparticle-mediated bioremediation is proposed to be important. These nanoparticles are formed from the reductive products of soil metal cations or from fungal-secreted metabolites, enzymes, or hydrolysates that are beneficial to soil physical properties, fertility, activity, and health. This chapter will focus on the following aspects: identification of halotolerant or halophilic fungi, nanoparticles synthesized by halotolerant or halophilic fungi, mycoremediation, and health maintenance for saline-affected soils. The current advances of nanoparticle-mediated technology in soil health improvement are also discussed.


Saline environment-derived fungi Nanoparticles Enzymes Soil mycoremediation 



The related work in our lab was partially supported by grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant nos. 31671972 and 31670141) and a project of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (grant no. 2016YFD0300703). The authors would like to thank the Zhang Lab members, who provided the photographic pictures taken at their spare time. The authors are also grateful to former labmates Dr. Zheng-Qun LI, Dr. Yang SHI, Mr. Sen-Lin ZHANG, and Zhi-Yuan GONG (visiting research fellow from the Northeast Forestry University, Harbin), who contributed to fungal isolation and field trials, as well as to collaborators Zhen-Dong CHEN and Run-Zhi TAO who provided encouragement and assistance in promoting our scientific and technological achievements regarding saline-alkaline soil mycoremediation using haloalkaliphilic fungi.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yi Wei
    • 1
  • Li-Na Chen
    • 1
  • Zi-Yu Zhang
    • 1
  • Chi Zhu
    • 1
  • Shi-Hong Zhang
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.College of Plant SciencesJilin UniversityChangchunPeople’s Republic of China

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