Mutualism and parasitism: the yin and yang of plant symbioses.

  title={Mutualism and parasitism: the yin and yang of plant symbioses.},
  author={Uta Paszkowski},
  journal={Current opinion in plant biology},
  volume={9 4},
Plants are solar-powered sugar factories that feed a multitude of other organisms. Many of these organisms associate directly with host plants to gain access to the plant's photosynthates. Such symbioses encompass a wide collection of styles ranging from mutualistic to commensal and parasitic. Among these, the mutualistic arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) symbiosis is one of the evolutionarily oldest symbioses of plants, relying on the formation of an intimate relationship between fungi of the… CONTINUE READING