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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 32

Title:
MYCORRHIZAL FUNGI — THEIR ROLE IN PLANT ESTABLISHMENT

Author:
Karen M. Cooper

pp: 396-405

Abstract:
Mycorrhizal fungi are beneficial soil fungi associated with the roots plants. In forming a symbiotic association with the plant root, these fungi can: (a) increase nutrient uptake and improve plant growth in nursery and field soils. (b) reduce transplant injury, (c) assist rooting and survival of cuttings and (d) deter infection of roots by soil-borne fungal and nematode pathogens. Inoculation of horticultural plants with suitable mycorrhizal fungi in the nursery results in the beneficial mycorrhiza being carried with the roots when the plants are set out in the field, thereby improving plant establishment, survival, health, and growth.

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