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Type: Journal article
Title: Nutrient interactions and arbuscular mycorrhizas: a meta-analysis of a mycorrhiza-defective mutant and wild-type tomato genotype pair
Author: Watts-Williams, S.
Cavagnaro, T.
Citation: Plant and Soil, 2014; 384(1-2):79-92
Publisher: Springer
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1573-5036
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Stephanie J. Watts-Williams, Timothy R. Cavagnaro
Abstract: BACKGROUND AND AIMS Arbuscular mycorrhizas (AM) enhance plant uptake of a range of mineral nutrients from the soil. Interactions between nutrients in the soil and plant, are complex, and can be affected by AM. Using a mycorrhiza-defective mutant tomato genotype (rmc) and its wild-type (76R), provides a novel method to study AM functioning. METHODS We present a meta-analysis comparing tissue nutrient concentration (P, Zn, K, Ca, Cu, Mg, Mn, S, B, Na, Fe), biomass and mycorrhizal colonisation data between the 76R and rmc genotypes, across a number of studies that have used this pair of tomato genotypes. Particular attention is paid to interactions between soil P or soil Zn, with tissue nutrients. RESULTS For most nutrients, the difference in concentration between genotypes was significantly affected either by soil P, soil Zn, or both. When soil P was deficient, AM were particularly beneficial in terms of uptake of not only P, but other nutrients as well. CONCLUSIONS Colonisation by AMF significantly affects the uptake of many soil macro- and micro-nutrients. Furthermore, the soil P and Zn status also influences the difference in nutrient concentrations between mycorrhizal and non-mycorrhizal plants. The interactions identified by this meta-analysis provide a basis for future research in this area.
Keywords: Arbuscular mycorrhizas (AM); Micro-nutrients; Macro-nutrients; Nutrient interactions; Phosphorus (P); Zinc (Zn); 76R, rmc; Solanum lycopersicum (tomato)
Rights: © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
RMID: 0030008687
DOI: 10.1007/s11104-014-2140-7
Grant ID: http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/FT120100463
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