By R. M. Miller, J. D. Jastrow (auth.), Yoram Kapulnik, David D. Douds Jr. (eds.)
Recent years have introduced an upsurge of curiosity within the learn of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi, partially end result of the awareness that the potent usage of those symbiotic soil fungi may be crucial in sustainable agriculture. amazing growth has been made over the last decade within the examine of this symbiosis mostly due to expanding exploitation of molecular instruments. even supposing early emphasis used to be put on using molecular instruments to review physiological procedures brought on by means of the symbiosis, resembling expression of symbiosis-specific polypeptides and modulation of host defences, different functions wait for. It was once noticeable to us that collecting leaders within the box to summarize those themes and indicate study wishes was once beneficial if we have been to appreciate the body structure and serve as of AM fungi at a molecular point. additionally, we've got taken the chance to provide those reports in a logical series of subject matters starting from the initiation of the lifestyles cycle of the fungus to its services in plant development and within the less than floor environment. It used to be a problem to restrict this flood of knowledge to the confines of 1 textual content. it is a very fascinating time for mycorrhiza biologists and it's our desire that a few of this pleasure is conveyed to our readers.
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