Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal diversity increases growth and phosphorus uptake in C3 and C4 crop plants

Frew, Adam ORCID: (2019) Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal diversity increases growth and phosphorus uptake in C3 and C4 crop plants. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 135. pp. 248-250. ISSN 0038-0717


Most plants associate with arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi which can enhance their growth and nutrient uptake. Outcomes of the AM symbiosis can be highly variable, depending on soil fertility, plant functional group (C3, C4) and AM fungal diversity. This study assessed the growth and nutrient (C, N, P) responses of two C3 (Triticum aestivum and Hordeum vulgare) and two C4 (Sorghum bicolor and Zea mays) plants to different AM fungal inocula (no AM fungi, single AM fungal species, and four AM fungal species) under high and low P conditions. Higher AM fungal diversity resulted in greater P concentration and aboveground biomass of H. vulgare and S. bicolor. Triticum aestivum did not respond to AM fungi, while Z. mays responded positively but a similar positive response of Z. mays growth and nutrition occured when it was colonised with single or multiple AM fungal species. These findings suggest that, although C3 crop plants are less responsive to AM fungi than C4, some C3 and C4 species can benefit from higher AM fungal diversity in the soil.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2019 04:59
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2020 01:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, mMicrobial diversity, microbial inoculant, phosphorus nutrition, plant functional group
Fields of Research (2008): 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0703 Crop and Pasture Production > 070306 Crop and Pasture Nutrition
06 Biological Sciences > 0607 Plant Biology > 060799 Plant Biology not elsewhere classified
06 Biological Sciences > 0605 Microbiology > 060504 Microbial Ecology
Fields of Research (2020): 30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3004 Crop and pasture production > 300407 Crop and pasture nutrition
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3108 Plant biology > 310899 Plant biology not elsewhere classified
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3107 Microbiology > 310703 Microbial ecology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960904 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Land Management
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