Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi are obligate biotrophic organisms that facilitate nutrient uptake in exchange for organic carbon as part of a symbiotic association with their host plants. This symbiotic relationship is among the oldest known and has been important for the coevolution of both symbionts. This review explores the relationship between Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and their hosts, the role AMF play in the invasive strategies of certain plants, and how severe pressure affects the reciprocal relationship. This review hopes to add to the body of knowledge and to the conversation about these dynamic relationships and the timescale on which they operate, because this information will prove valuable as humanity attempts to manage lands and produce food in an unstable climate.
"It’s All about Relationships: AMF-Plant Associations, the Rhizosphere, and Our Changing World,"
McNair Scholars Research Journal: Vol. 13
, Article 17.
Available at: http://scholarworks.boisestate.edu/mcnair_journal/vol13/iss1/17