Orchid mycorrhizas: molecular ecology, physiology, evolution and conservation aspects

Dearnaley, J. D. W. and Martos, F. and Selosse, M. -A. (2012) Orchid mycorrhizas: molecular ecology, physiology, evolution and conservation aspects. In: Fungal associations, 2nd ed. The Mycota (9). Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Germany, pp. 207-230. ISBN 978-3-642-30825-3


Scientific interest in orchid mycorrhizas, the symbiotic association between orchid roots and fungi, continues to grow. Advances in molecular identification techniques have enabled the detection of a wide array of fungal partners of orchids. The use of stable and radioactive isotopes has confirmed many of these associations and provided insight into the diversity of nutrient flow between symbionts. Fungal specificity patterns in orchids have been investigated in terms of their evolutionary and adaptive significances and their role in orchid speciation. An understanding of the mycorrhizal biology of rare orchid species is also essential for conservation procedures. This review is intended to provide an overview of contemporary approaches to studying orchid mycorrhizas. It elaborates on what has been gleaned from these studies with regards the ecology, physiology, evolution and conservation aspects of orchid mycorrhizas and highlights areas of the association that need further exploration.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to the published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - No Department
Date Deposited: 03 May 2013 03:13
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2019 01:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: orchids; mycorrhizas; flowering plants; fungal lineages
Fields of Research : 06 Biological Sciences > 0605 Microbiology > 060505 Mycology
06 Biological Sciences > 0604 Genetics > 060409 Molecular Evolution
06 Biological Sciences > 0605 Microbiology > 060504 Microbial Ecology
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-30826-0_12
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22900

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