Mycorrhizal Fungi: Potential Candidate for Sustainable Agriculture

  • Monika
  • S. Devi
  • S. S. Arya
  • N. Kumar
  • S. Kumar


The indiscriminate use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in agriculture sector puts world at an alarming stage for protection of environment. Use of chemical fertilizers reduced soil fertility, creates environment pollution and many health hazardous for human as well as animals. The innovative view of crop production growing demands for organic based biofertilizers as compared harmful chemicals. Hence, the exploitation of mycorrhizal fungi as a biofertilizer in agriculture sector has become a promising source due to its potential role in sustainable crop production. Mycorrhiza is a symbiotic association between a fungus and root of higher plants. Mycorrhiza shares symbiotic association with higher plant provide scarce mineral nutrient, help in water absorption and retention, suppress growth of pathogens and boost defense mechanism in vascular plants. Moreover, novel finding on mycorrhizal fungi suggest that it could also contribute in controlling of soil erosion, toxic pollutant and heavy metal bioremediation. Optimization of crop management practices, agriculture practices increased proliferation and diversity of mycorrhizal fungi which in turn increase agriculture production. Next generation sequencing is now used to gain insights how mycorrhizal fungi intermingle with local microbial population and other beneficial microbial inoculants. The combination of all these potentials in present agriculture scenario will help to sustain agriculture and boost food security.


Mycorrhiza Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus (AMF) Phosphate solubilization Sustainability Bioremediation Biocontrol Mineral nutrition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Monika
    • 1
  • S. Devi
    • 2
  • S. S. Arya
    • 3
  • N. Kumar
    • 3
  • S. Kumar
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyCCS Haryana Agricultural UniversityHisarIndia
  2. 2.Department of Botany and Plant PhysiologyCCS HAUHisarIndia
  3. 3.Department of BotanyMaharshi Dayanand UniversityRohtakIndia
  4. 4.Department of Environmental ScienceMaharshi Dayanand UniversityRohtakIndia

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