Changing partners in the dark: isotopic and molecular evidence of ectomycorrhizal liaisons between forest orchids and trees.

@article{Bidartondo2004ChangingPI,
  title={Changing partners in the dark: isotopic and molecular evidence of ectomycorrhizal liaisons between forest orchids and trees.},
  author={Martin Bidartondo and Bastian Burghardt and Gerhard Gebauer and Thomas D. Bruns and David J. Read},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2004},
  volume={271 1550},
  pages={1799-806}
}
In the mycorrhizal symbiosis, plants exchange photosynthates for mineral nutrients acquired by fungi from the soil. This mutualistic arrangement has been subverted by hundreds of mycorrhizal plant species that lack the ability to photosynthesize. The most numerous examples of this behaviour are found in the largest plant family, the Orchidaceae. Although these non-photosynthetic orchid species are known to be highly specialized exploiters of the ectomycorrhizal symbiosis, photosynthetic orchids… CONTINUE READING
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