Mycobiology.  2006 Mar;34(1):34-37. 10.4489/MYCO.2006.34.1.034.

Effects of Interspecific Interactions of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi on Growth of Soybean and Corn

  • 1Department of Biology Education, Korea National University of Education, Chungbuk 363-791, Republic of Korea.


Growth responses of Zea mays and Glycine max to colonization by mixture of combination of three species of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi, two species of Glomus and a species of Scutellospora were compared. In Zea mays, plants inoculated with single species of AM fungi showed significantly higher in dry weight than non-mycorrhizal plant for all three AM fungal species. Also, growth of plants inoculated with spores of two species of AM fungi was significantly higher than nonmycorrhizal control except for plants inoculated with two Glomus species. When three species of AM fungi were inoculated, the plants showed the highest growth. In Glycine max, plants with single AM fungal species inoculation were not significantly different in plant growth from nonmycorrhizal plants. When the plants were inoculated with combination of two or more AM fungal species, their growth significantly increased compared to nonmycorrhizal plants. In both plant species, mycorrhizal root colonization by Scutellospora species was significantly lower than by Glomus species.


Arbuscular mycorrhiza; Glomus; Glycine max; Scutellospora; Zea mays
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