Mycorrhiza and carbon flow to the soil

Roger Finlay, Bengt Söderström

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The current extent of knowledge on the supply of carbon compounds to
mycorrhizal roots and mycelia, and their subsequent distribution and
cycling within the soil ecosystem is reviewed. The carbon requirements
of different mycorrhizal fungi are discussed and carbon transfer from
host root tissue to the fungal biomass is considered in relation to
available information on the amounts and types of compounds that are
translocated, as well as their ultimate partitioning. Problems of
estimating mycorrhizal mycelial biomass and theoretical estimates of
necessary carbon flow are discussed. The possible existence and
implications of mycorrhizosphere effects and possible interactions with other microbial populations are also considered.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMycorrhizal functioning: an integrative plant-fungal process
EditorsMF Allen
PublisherChapman and Hall
ISBN (Print)0412018918
Publication statusPublished - 1992

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Biological Sciences


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