Phosphorus Availability Influences Elemental Uptake in the Mycorrhizal Fungus Glomus intraradices, as Revealed by PIXE Analysis.

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We investigated element accumulation in the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus Glomus intraradices. Fungal spores and mycelium growing in monoxenic cultures were analyzed. The elemental composition was quantified using particle-induced X-ray emission (PIXE) in combination with scanning transmission ion microscopy. In the spores, Ca and Fe were mainly associated with the spore wall; while P and K showed patchy distributions and their concentrations were correlated. Excess of P in the hyphal growth medium increased the P and Si concentration in spores, and increased the K:Ca ratio in spores. Increased P availability decreased the concentration of Zn and Mn in spores. We conclude that the availability of P influences the uptake and accumulation of several elements in spores. It is demonstrated that PIXE analysis is a powerful tool for quantitative analysis of elemental accumulation in fungal mycelia.

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  • Ecology
  • Subatomic Physics
  • Biological Sciences
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4144-4148
JournalApplied and Environmental Microbiology
Volume74
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: MEMEG (432112240), Nuclear Physics (Faculty of Technology) (011013007), Biodiversity (432112235)