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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2009

Trees, Mycorrhiza and Minerals -Field Relevance of in vitro Experiments

Rosling, Anna


Ectomycorrhizal fungi are mutualistic symbionts of boreal forest trees and may mediate mineral weathering through their direct access to photosyntentically derived carbon. In soil, fungal mycelia (i) provide a large surface for nutrient uptake; (ii) induce intense colonization of nutrient rich substrates; (iii) cause local acidification and (iv) produce organic acids. Mechanisms of ectomyorrhizal fungi induced weathering in response to nutrient limiting growth conditions remains largely unresolved. This review summarizes how current knowledge on fungal weathering is affected by experimental setup and conditions, i.e., pure or symbiotic growth, nitrogen source, the mean of detecting weathering activity and species examined.


carbon; ectomycorrhiza; fungi; mineral; weathering

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Geomicrobiology Journal
2009, Volume: 26, number: 6, pages: 389-401

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    Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use

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