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MYCORRHIZAE AND THEIR INFLUENCE ON P NUTRITION

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Dry weight response of crops to increasing P levels with and without mycorrhizal fungi in the soil... Unlike saprobic soil fungi, which colonise and break down organic matter and do not require a host plant in the system to complete their lifecycle, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), the type found in cropping systems, do require the presence of a host to reproduce and are called obligate symbionts... Having adequate populations of mycorrhizal fungi present in soils can be beneficial and in some cases essential for crop growth...
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