Plants and Their Ectomycorrhizosphere: Cost and Benefit of Symbiotic Soil Organisms

  • R. AgererEmail author
  • A. Hartmann
  • K. Pritsch
  • S. Raidl
  • M. Schloter
  • R. Verma
  • R. Weigt
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 220)


The ectomycorrhizosphere is a heterogeneous and variable micro-environment, predominantly established by variously formed extramatrical mycelia (EMM) that emanate from the hyphal mantle of ectomycorrhizae that envelopes the short roots. The mycelia differ fungal species-dependent regarding range, density and differentiation. Contingent upon the amount of sugars available for the ectomycorrhizal fungi — controlled, e.g. by elevated above-ground concentrations of ozone or carbon dioxide exposure to host trees — an ectomycorrhizal community can change its total amount of EMM, leading to changes in space occupation, and consequently, to alterations in its capacity to explore and exploit soil resources. We quantify the exploration type specific space occupation under the influence of twice-ambient ozone concentrations and estimate the carbon cost the tree has to pay for. Further, we address enzymatic capacities of ectomycorrhizal communities and focus on bacteria being associated with the mycelium. Finally we discuss the impact of soil micro-niches on ectomycorrhizal communities and mention briefly the ectomycorrhizal competition with each other and with saprotrophic fungi.


Fine Root Saprotrophic Fungus Space Occupation Mycorrhizal Hypha Ectomycorrhizal Community 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Agerer
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. Hartmann
    • 2
  • K. Pritsch
    • 3
  • S. Raidl
    • 1
  • M. Schloter
    • 4
  • R. Verma
    • 1
  • R. Weigt
    • 1
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Biology I and GeoBio-Center, Organismic Biology, MycologyLudwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenMünchenGermany
  2. 2.Research Unit Microbe-Plant InteractionsHelmholtz Zentrum München, German Research Center for Environmental HealthNeuherbergGermany
  3. 3.Institute of Soil EcologyHelmholtz Zentrum München, German Research Center for Environmental HealthNeuherbergGermany
  4. 4.Environmental GenomicsHelmholtz Zentrum München, German Research Center for Environmental HealthNeuherbergGermany
  5. 5.Department of Ecology and Ecosystem Management, Ecophysiology of PlantsTechnische Universität MünchenFreisingGermany

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