Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and tolerance of temperature stress in plants

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Temperature is one of the most important environmental factors that determine the growth and productivity of plants across the globe. Many physiological and biochemical processes and functions are affected by low and high temperature stresses. Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) symbiosis has been shown to improve tolerance to temperature stress in plants. This chapter addresses the effect of AM symbiosis on plant growth and biomass production, water relations (water potential, stomatal conductance, and aquaporins), photosynthesis (photosynthetic rate, chlorophyll, and chlorophyll fluorescence), plasma membrane permeability (malondialdehyde and ATPase), reactive oxygen species (ROS) and antioxidants, osmotic adjustment, carbohydrate metabolism, nutrient acquisition, and secondary metabolism under low or high temperature stress. The possible mechanisms of AM symbiosis improving temperature stress tolerance of the host plants via enhancing water and nutrient uptake, improving photosynthetic capacity and efficiency, protecting plant against oxidative damage, and increasing accumulation of osmolytes are discussed. This chapter also provides some future perspectives for better understanding the mechanisms of AM plant tolerance against temperature stress.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArbuscular mycorrhizas and stress tolerance of plants
Number of pages32
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)9789811041143
ISBN (Electronic)9789811041150
Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Research areas

  • Mycorrhiza, Plasma membrane permeability, Secondary metabolism, Temperature

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