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ERIC Number: EJ1004170
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-2168-8281
Nutrient Exchange through Hyphae in Intercropping Systems Affects Yields
Thun, Tim Von
Natural Sciences Education, v42 n1 p24-27 2013
Arbuscular mycorrhizae fungi (AMF) play a large role in the current understanding of the soil ecosystem. They increase nutrient and water uptake, improve soil structure, and form complex hyphal networks that transfer nutrients between plants within an ecosystem. Factors such as species present, the physiological balance between the plants in the network, and the total availability of nutrients influence the rate of nutrient transfer and its subsequent effect on crop yields. In most instances, the nutrient transfer facilitated by the AMF increases the yields of one crop while marginally impacting the yield of the donor plant. If harnessed correctly, AMF hyphal nutrient transfer could lead to an increase in intercropping systems and an overall increase in farmland productivity. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A