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Carbon transfer between plants via common mycorrhizal networks

Eschen, R. (2001) Carbon transfer between plants via common mycorrhizal networks. Master's Thesis / Essay, Biology.

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Abstract

Evidence that shows the existence of interplant carbon transfer via common ecto- and arbuscular mycorrhizal networks is reviewed on basis of literature study. Although physiological and ecological investigations have provided evidence for some prerequisites for this kind of transfer, there is no direct evidence available. This may be caused by the used research methods that possibly underestimated the species specificity of the interaction between the mycorrhizal partners, or did not respect the importance of the plants' growth rates and the period of labeling with isotopes. This may be why the amounts of carbon found to be transported into the shoots of receiving plants have been very small in experiments where the transfer between arbuscular mycorrhizal networks was investigated.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:31
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:31
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/9204

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