Special Issue "Mycorrhizal Fungi and Sustainable Development of Agriculture"

Submission Deadline: 10 January 2021 (closed)
Guest Editors
Prof. Qiang-Sheng Wu, Yangtze University, China
Prof. Yue-Jun He, Guizhou University, China
Dr. AK Srivastava, ICAR-Central Citrus Research Institute, India
Prof. Ibrahim Ortas, University of Cukurova, Turkey
Assoc. Prof. Bo Shu, Yangtze University, China


Soil mycorrhizal fungi are one of the common groups of biological organisms with land’s plants such as forests, crops, and grasslands. Mycorrhizal fungi colonize plant roots to form mycorrhizal symbiosis, which regulates nutrient uptake of host plants along with exchange of plant’s carbohydrates.

In general, the mycorrhizal symbiotic relationship is direct and stable, which is conducive to the symbiotic survival and adaptation to the external natural environment. In recent years, with the change in global climate, all kinds of adverse environment have become more frequent, which seriously affects the sustainable development of agriculture.

A large number of studies have shown that symbiotic mycorrhizal fungi helped host plants to resist adverse environment through various morphological, physiological, biochemical and molecular mechanisms. This effect gives a broad space for the sustainable development of agriculture. However, many problems still need to be solved, such as the propagation of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, the analysis of resistance mechanism, the application and evaluation of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in farmland.

This special issue is proposed to explore the latest advances in the topic. The manuscripts are welcome to focus on the following topics:

1) Mycorrhizal fungi and plant growth of various plants;

2) Improvement of soil fertility after inoculation with mycorrhizal fungi;

3) Physiological mechanisms regarding mycorrhizal fungi-enhanced stress tolerance of host plants;

4) Molecular analysis of mycorrhizal fungi-enhanced stress tolerance of host plants;

5) Mycorrhizal fungi and ecological stability of agriculture and forestry;

6) Mycorrhizal fungal roles in nutrient absorption under nutrient stress conditions;

7) Combination of mycorrhizal fungi and other microorganisms into plants;

8) Mycorrhizal fungal application in farmland and orchards.

Arbuscular mycorrhiza; Ecological stability; Microbe; Mycorrhiza; Stress tolerance; Symbiosis

Published Papers

  • Mycorrhizal Fungal Effects on Growth, Antioxidant Capacity, and Medicine Quality of Paris polyphylla var. yunnanensis
  • Abstract A field experiment was conducted to determine the effects of two commercial strains composed of mulple arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) species on plant growth, antioxidant capacity, and medicine quality of Paris polyphylla var. yunnanensis in three subtropical soils from Wanzhou, Anshun and Baoshan in fields. The results showed that AMF inoculation enhanced the fungal colonization rate and activities of both succinate dehydrogenase and alkaline phosphatase, thereby, enhancing the mycorrhizal viability of P. polyphylla var. yunnanensis. The concentrations of photosynthetic pigments (chlorophyll a, b, a+b and carotenoids), soluble sugar, soluble protein and photosynthetic capacity were higher in AMF-inoculated plants than in… More
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  • Interaction of Acaena elongata L. with Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi under Phosphorus Limitation Conditions in a Temperate Forest
  • Abstract The aim of this study was to analyze the performance of Acaena elongata colonized by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) to different phosphorus (P) concentrations, as a measure of AMF dependency. A. elongata, is a species from soils where P availability is limited, such as temperate forests. Our research questions were: 1) How do different P concentrations affect the AMF association in Acaena elongata, and 2) How does the AMF association influence A. elongata’s growth under different P concentrations? A. elongata’s growth, P content in plant tissue, AMF colonization and dependency were measured under four P concentrations: control (0 g P… More
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  • AM Fungi and Piriformospora indica Improve Plant Growth of Pinus elliottii Seedlings
  • Abstract Pinus elliottii is an exotic afforestation pine extensively distributed in southern parts of China. In order to understand whether endophytic fungi can affect seedling growth of P. elliottii, Piriformospora indica (Pi), Funnelifcrmis mosseae (Fm), and Diversispora tortuosa (Dt) were inoculated respectively, and the non-inoculated group was set as control. The growth indexes, the contents of soluble sugar and soluble protein, and plant endogenous hormone levels in the leaves of P. elliottii, were analyzed. The results showed that Fm, Dt and Pi colonized the P. elliottii roots to form mycorrhizal structure and chlamydospores arranged in beads respectively. Three fungal inoculants exhibited… More
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