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Biocomplexity of Plant-Fungal Interactions



Biocomplexity of Plant-Fungal Interactions

Darlene Southworth (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-31415-9 December 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 232 Pages

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Plants interact with a wide variety of organisms in their natural growing environments. Key amongst these relationships is the interplay between plants and diverse fungal species that impact plants in complex symbiotic, parasitic and pathogenic ways. Biocomplexity of Plant-Fungal Interactions explores a broad spectrum of research looking at both positive and negative interactions of these relationships on plants and their ecosystems.

Biocomplexity of Plant-Fungal Interactions takes a more holistic view of the plant-fungal interactions than most traditional volumes on the topic. Focusing on the truly complex biological interplay among plants and fungi, as well as other organisms—mammals, insects, bacteria, viruses, this book provides a unique perspective on this fundamentally important relationship. Chapters are written from molecular, evolutionary and ecological perspectives to provide readers with a full understanding of the diverse implications of plant-fungal interactions.

Written by a global team of experts from varied scientific backgrounds, Biocomplexity of Plant-Fungal Interactions will be an essential title for readers looking for a better understanding of the diverse array of interactions between plants and fungi in natural ecosystems.

Contributors vii

Introduction 1
Darlene Southworth

1. Fungal Endophytes as a Driving Force in Land Plant Evolution: Evidence from the Fossil Record 5
Michael Krings, Thomas N. Taylor, and Nora Dotzler

2. Molecular Interactions in Mycorrhizal Development 29
Jonathan M. Plett and Francis Martin

3. Arbuscular Mycorrhizae and Grassland Ecosystems 59
R. Michael Miller, Gail W.T. Wilson, and Nancy C. Johnson

4. Mycorrhizal Networks and Seedling Establishment in Douglas-fir Forests 85
Suzanne W. Simard

5. Biology of Mycoheterotrophic and Mixotrophic Plants 109
Hugues B. Massicotte, R. Larry Peterson, Lewis H. Melville, and Daniel L. Luoma

6. Fungi and Leaf Surfaces 131
Ryan W. Shepherd and George J. Wagner

7. Fungal Influence on Plant Tolerance to Stress 155
Russell J. Rodriguez, Claire J. Woodward, and Regina S. Redman

8. Fungi, Plants, and Pollinators: Sex, Disease, and Deception 165
Tobias J. Policha and Bitty A. Roy

9. Dynamic Interplay in a Multivariate World: Case Studies in Mycorrhizal and Endophytic Fungal Interactions with Herbivores 185
Louis J. Lamit and Catherine A. Gehring

10. Defining Complex Interactions between Plants and Fungi 205
Darlene Southworth

Index 215

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