Interactions between ectomycorrhizal fungi and soil saprotrophs: Implications for decomposition of organic matter in soils and degradation of organic pollutants in the rhizosphere

John W G Cairney*, Andrew A. Meharg

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Abstract

Ectomycorrhizal fungi and saprotrophic microorganisms coexist and interact in the mycorrhizosphere. We review what is known regarding these interactions and how they may influence processes such as ectomycorrhiza formation, mycelial growth, and the dynamics of carbon movement to and within the rhizosphere. Particular emphasis is placed on the potential importance of interactions in decomposition of soil organic matter and degradation of persistant organic pollutants in soil. While our knowledge is currently fairly limited, it seems likely that interactions have profound effects on mycorrhizosphere processes. More extensive research is warranted to provide novel insights into mycorrhizosphere ecology and to explore the potential for manipulating the ectomycorrhizosphere environment for biotechnological purposes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)803-809
Number of pages7
JournalCanadian Journal of Botany
Volume80
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Keywords

  • Decomposition
  • Ectomycorrhizal fungi
  • Ectomycorrhizosphere
  • Rhizosphere
  • Rhizosphere carbon flow
  • Rhizosphere remediation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science

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