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The Mutualistic Interaction between Plants and Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi

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  • Authors: Luisa Lanfranco1, Paola Bonfante2, Andrea Genre3
  • Editors: Joseph Heitman4, Barbara J. Howlett5
    Affiliations: 1: Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology, University of Torino, Torino, 10125, Italy; 2: Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology, University of Torino, Torino, 10125, Italy; 3: Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology, University of Torino, Torino, 10125, Italy; 4: Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710; 5: School of Biosciences, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, NSW 3010, Australia
  • Source: microbiolspec November 2016 vol. 4 no. 6 doi:10.1128/microbiolspec.FUNK-0012-2016
  • Received 13 May 2016 Accepted 08 July 2016 Published 18 November 2016
  • Luisa Lanfranco, [email protected]
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    Mycorrhizal fungi belong to several taxa and develop mutualistic symbiotic associations with over 90% of all plant species, from liverworts to angiosperms. While descriptive approaches have dominated the initial studies of these fascinating symbioses, the advent of molecular biology, live cell imaging, and “omics” techniques have provided new and powerful tools to decipher the cellular and molecular mechanisms that rule mutualistic plant-fungus interactions. In this article we focus on the most common mycorrhizal association, arbuscular mycorrhiza (AM), which is formed by a group of soil fungi belonging to Glomeromycota. AM fungi are believed to have assisted the conquest of dry lands by early plants around 450 million years ago and are found today in most land ecosystems. AM fungi have several peculiar biological traits, including obligate biotrophy, intracellular development inside the plant tissues, coenocytic multinucleate hyphae, and spores, as well as unique genetics, such as the putative absence of a sexual cycle, and multiple ecological functions. All of these features make the study of AM fungi as intriguing as it is challenging, and their symbiotic association with most crop plants is currently raising a broad interest in agronomic contexts for the potential use of AM fungi in sustainable production under conditions of low chemical input.

  • Citation: Lanfranco L, Bonfante P, Genre A. 2016. The Mutualistic Interaction between Plants and Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi. Microbiol Spectrum 4(6):FUNK-0012-2016. doi:10.1128/microbiolspec.FUNK-0012-2016.


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Mycorrhizal fungi belong to several taxa and develop mutualistic symbiotic associations with over 90% of all plant species, from liverworts to angiosperms. While descriptive approaches have dominated the initial studies of these fascinating symbioses, the advent of molecular biology, live cell imaging, and “omics” techniques have provided new and powerful tools to decipher the cellular and molecular mechanisms that rule mutualistic plant-fungus interactions. In this article we focus on the most common mycorrhizal association, arbuscular mycorrhiza (AM), which is formed by a group of soil fungi belonging to Glomeromycota. AM fungi are believed to have assisted the conquest of dry lands by early plants around 450 million years ago and are found today in most land ecosystems. AM fungi have several peculiar biological traits, including obligate biotrophy, intracellular development inside the plant tissues, coenocytic multinucleate hyphae, and spores, as well as unique genetics, such as the putative absence of a sexual cycle, and multiple ecological functions. All of these features make the study of AM fungi as intriguing as it is challenging, and their symbiotic association with most crop plants is currently raising a broad interest in agronomic contexts for the potential use of AM fungi in sustainable production under conditions of low chemical input.

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Root colonization in ectomycorrhizal (blue) and arbuscular mycorrhizal (pink) interactions. Ectomycorrhizal fungi envelop root tips with a thick mycelial mantle. From this mantle, intercellular hyphae generate the so-called Hartig net around epidermal cells. In the case of arbuscular mycorrhizae, the root tip is usually not colonized; hyphae developed from a germinated spore produce a hyphopodium on the root epidermis. Intraradical colonization proceeds both inter- and intracellularly, culminating with the development of highly branched arbuscules inside inner cortical cells. Reprinted from ( 3 ) with permission of the publisher.

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Fluorescence micrographs of different stages in the life cycle of the AM fungus . A spore (S) and the germination hyphae (GH) show strong cytoplasmic autofluorescence. Hyphopodia (arrows) on the surface of a host root give rise to single infection units with several arbuscules (A) in the inner root cortex. A high magnification from a root longitudinal section showing two arbuscules in adjacent cortical cells. Bars = 100 μm (a–c), 25 μm (d); fungal fluorescence was excited with 380–405 nm UV light.

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Root colonization by AM fungi. Spore germination generates a short explorative mycelium. The perception of root exudates induces repeated hyphal branching, increasing the probability of direct contact between the symbionts. Concurrently, fungal exudates are also released and activate the common symbiotic signaling pathway in root cells. Signal transduction includes nuclear-associated calcium signals (spiking) and leads to the activation of cellular and transcriptional responses (green cells and nuclei). Plant-fungus contact is followed by the formation of an adhering hyphopodium on the root surface. The contacted epidermal cell then assembles a prepenetration apparatus (PPA), a broad cytoplasmic aggregation (yellow) responsible for the exocytotic biogenesis of the symbiotic interface compartment, where the intracellular hypha is hosted. Root colonization proceeds through the epidermis into the inner cortical cells with a PPA-like process. Intercellular hyphae can also develop along the root axis. Eventually, highly branched arbuscules develop in the lumen of inner cortical cells, deploying an extensive surface for nutrient exchange. Reprinted from ( 3 ) with permission of the publisher.

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