Asian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology & Environmental Sciences Paper

Vol 10, Issue 4, 2008; Page No.(911-920 )

ARBUSCULAR MYCORRHIZAL ASSOCIATIONS OF PLANTS GROWING IN SOILS POLLUTED WITH PAPER MILL EFFLUENTS

D. CHANDA AND D.K. JHA

Abstract

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi enhance plant tolerance to a variety of stresses such as nutrient, drought, salinity and heavy metals. A study was undertaken to assess the influence of paper mill effluents on mycorrhizal colonization and endogonaceous spore population. Plants growing on polluted soil were less mycotrophic than their counterparts on the nonpolluted one. Glomus was the most frequently isolated mycorrhizal species from the polluted soil. The study highlights the possible use of mycorrhizal fungi as bioremediation agent of polluted soils and as bio-indicator of pollution for future research priorities. microorganisms and fungi. Among different groups of soil microorganisms, it had been reported by several workers that Mycorrhizal fungi could help plants to overcome the stresses caused by the dumping of industrial solid wastes and other

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