Mechanisms underlying beneficial plant-fungus interactions in mycorrhizal symbiosis

Nat Commun. 2010 Jul 27;1:48. doi: 10.1038/ncomms1046.


Mycorrhizal fungi are a heterogeneous group of diverse fungal taxa, associated with the roots of over 90% of all plant species. Recently, state-of-the-art molecular and genetic tools, coupled to high-throughput sequencing and advanced microscopy, have led to the genome and transcriptome analysis of several symbionts. Signalling pathways between plants and fungi have now been described and the identification of several novel nutrient transporters has revealed some of the cellular processes that underlie symbiosis. Thus, the contributions of each partner in a mycorrhizal association are starting to be unravelled. This new knowledge is now available for use in agricultural practices.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Mycorrhizae / growth & development*
  • Plants / microbiology*
  • Symbiosis / physiology