Characterisation of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi colonisation in cluster roots of shape Hakea verrucosa F. Muell (Proteaceae), and its effect on growth and nutrient acquisition in ultramafic soil

@article{Boulet2004CharacterisationOA,
  title={Characterisation of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi colonisation in cluster roots of shape Hakea verrucosa F. Muell (Proteaceae), and its effect on growth and nutrient acquisition in ultramafic soil},
  author={Frederic M. Boulet and Hans Lambers},
  journal={Plant and Soil},
  year={2004},
  volume={269},
  pages={357-367}
}
Ultramafic soils at Bandalup Hill (Western Australia) are characterised by high concentrations of Ni and low levels of P. Amongst the plant species that can sustain such hostile conditions, Hakea verrucosa F. Muell from a non-mycorrhizal family (Proteaceae) would be expected to rely on cluster roots to access P. However, the acidification of ultramafic soils by cluster roots might increase the dissolution of soil Ni, and therefore its availability to plants. Symbiosis with mycorrhizal fungi, on… CONTINUE READING