Arbuscular mycorrhiza: the mother of plant root endosymbioses

Abstract

Arbuscular mycorrhiza (AM), a symbiosis between plants and members of an ancient phylum of fungi, the Glomeromycota, improves the supply of water and nutrients, such as phosphate and nitrogen, to the host plant. In return, up to 20% of plant-fixed carbon is transferred to the fungus. Nutrient transport occurs through symbiotic structures inside plant root… (More)
DOI: 10.1038/nrmicro1987

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