Mycoheterotrophy: The Biology of Plants Living on Fungi

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Vincent Merckx
Springer Science & Business Media, 9 dic 2012 - 356 pagine

Over the course of evolution, several plant lineages have found ways to obtain water, minerals, and carbohydrates from fungi. Some plants are able exploit fungi to such an extent that they lose the need for photosynthesis. The ability of a plant to live on fungal carbon is known as mycoheterotrophy. This intriguing process has fascinated botanists for centuries, yet many aspects of mycoheterotrophy have remained elusive for a long time.

Mycoheterotrophy: The Biology of Plants Living on Fungi explores the biology of mycoheterotrophs, offering general insights into their ecology, diversity, and evolution. Written by renowned experts in the field and bolstered with lavish illustrations and photographs, this volume provides a thematic overview of different aspects of mycoheterotrophy. Comprehensive and readily accessible, Mycoheterotrophy: The Biology of Plants Living on Fungi is a valuable resource for researchers and students who are interested in the process of mycoheterotrophy.

 

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Indice

1 Mycohetrotrophy An Introduction
1
2 Taxonomy and Classi fi cation
19
3 Biogeography and Conservation
103
4 Subterranean Morphology and Mycorrhizal Structures
157
5 Evolution and Diversi fi cation
215
6 Progress and Prospects for the Ecological Genetics of Mycoheterotrophs
245
7 Species Interactions of Mycoheterotrophic Plants Specialization and its Potential Consequences
267
8 The Physiological Ecology of Mycoheterotrophy
297
Glossary
343
Index
345
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Vincent S.F.T. Merckx
Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands

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