The vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis

  • Orlando António Quilambo Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, Eduardo Mondlane University, P.O. Box 257, Maput, Mozambique

Abstract

Vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhiza fungi are associated with the majority ot the terrestrial plants. Their function ranges from stress alleviation to bioremediation in soils polluted with heavy metals. However, our knowledge about this symbiosis is still limited. For the semi-arid tropics, where some african countries are located, there is a great possibility of using mycorrhizas as a biological tool for sustainable agriculture. This review gives an overview on the mycorrhizal benefits and recomends some management practices for the semi-arid Africa conditions.

Key words: Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, endomycorrhizas, soil fungi, symbiosis, vesicular arbuscular mycorrhiza.

African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 2 (12), pp. 539-546, December 2003

Author Biography

Orlando António Quilambo, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, Eduardo Mondlane University, P.O. Box 257, Maput, Mozambique
Tel: 258-1-429254. Fax: 258-1-429254
Published
2004-02-27
Section
Articles

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