Chin J Plan Ecolo ›› 2010, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (12): 1472-1484.doi: 10.3773/j.issn.1005-264x.2010.12.014
• Review •
LIU Yan-Bin1,2, MOU Pu1,3*
There has been considerable progress in understanding plant nutrient foraging plasticity in the past three decades, resulting in better comprehension of belowground ecology. However, studies of mycorrhizal plasticity, an important aspect of plant nutrient foraging plasticity, are mostly limited in conceptual development due to methodology restrictions. Without understanding mycorrhizal plasticity, the comprehension of plant root plasticity is incomplete. The rapid development of mycorrhizal biology, especially the involvement of molecular biology approaches, lends the possibility of in-depth study of mycorrhizal plasticity. We focus on ectomycorrhizal plasticity with a brief introduction to basic ectomycorrhizal biology. Few studies have focused on mycorrhizal plasticity specifically, and they have yielded only scattered implications, mostly morphological. Studies on physiological plasticity have been basically absent. Development of study approaches in ectomycorrhizae lends great promise for research on mycorrhizal plasticity. The complexity of ectomycorrhizal foraging plasticity determines the complexity of research and questions to be answered. We address expected directions and questions in ectomycorrhizal foraging plasticity.
LIU Yan-Bin, MOU Pu. Mycorrhizal plasticity of plant nutrient foraging: a review of ectomycorrhizal plasticity[J].Chin J Plan Ecolo, 2010, 34(12): 1472-1484.
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