Special Issue "Mycorrhizal Roles in Horticultural Plants"

A special issue of Horticulturae (ISSN 2311-7524). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Pathology and Disease Management (PPDM)".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Qiang-Sheng Wu
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1. College of Horticulture and Gardening, Yangtze University, Jingzhou 434025, Hubei, China
2. Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Hradec Kralove, 50003 Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
Interests: mycorrhizal fungi; drought stress; horticultural plants; soil structure; soil fertility
Dr. Anoop Kumar Srivastava
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Indian Council of Agricultural Research-Central Citrus Research Institute, Nagpur, Maharashtra 440033, India
Interests: soil fertility; plant nutrition; nutrient diagnosis; nutrient mapping; microbial consortia and rhizosphere engineering; integrated nutrient management; advanced citrus production systems and precision citriculture
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Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Ortas
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Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture, The University of Cukurova, 01330 Adana, Turkey
Interests: plant nutrition; mycorrhizal fungal roles in mitigating of climate change; long term field experiments; soil carbon sequestration; soil quality; biodiversity and sustainable agriculture
Prof. Dr. Bo Shu
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College of Horticulture and Gardening, Yangtze University, Jingzhou 434025, Hubei, China
Interests: mycorrhizal fungi and fruit disease
Prof. Dr. Nong Zhou
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College of Biology and Food Engineering, Chongqing Three Gorges University, Wanzhou, Chongqing 404120, China
Interests: mycorrhizal fungi and medicinal plants

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Given the pursuit of high nutritional quality in terms of horticultural products in recent years, the importance of having chemical-free production systems for horticultural plants has become inevitable. In the growth process of horticultural plants, a role as invisible drivers of nutrient chain supply is found in the form of soil microorganisms, including arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, which are able to establish a reciprocal symbiosis with the root system of horticultural plants and provide a possible way forward toward developing a quality-loaded production system.

Mycorrhizae have been shown to greatly enhance plant growth, improve root morphology, promote water and nutrient uptake in addition to increasing stress tolerance and improving fruit quality. With the development of various omics-based techniques, many genes that are specifically induced by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi have also been decoded at the cellular and subcellular levels, strong emphasizing the importance of mycorrhizae in horticulture crops. For example, aquaporins from mycorrhizal fungi and hosts act synergistically towards water uptake, and aquaporin genes in citrus plants can be induced by salt stress and not flooding. These results amply confirm the complexity of the underlying mechanisms in the functioning of mycorrhizae in horticultural plants. The purpose of this Special Issue is to present the recent advances regarding the roles of mycorrhizal fungi in relation to horticultural plants.

Prof. Dr. Qiang-Sheng Wu
Dr. Anoop Kumar Srivastava
Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Ortas
Prof. Dr. Bo Shu
Prof. Dr. Nong Zhou
Guest Editors

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  • aquaporin
  • citrus
  • endophytic fungi
  • fruit quality
  • fungi diversity
  • medicinal plant
  • mycorrhiza
  • nutrients
  • ornamental plant
  • symbiosis
  • stress tolerance

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Unraveling the Interaction between Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi and Camellia Plants
Horticulturae 2021, 7(9), 322; https://doi.org/10.3390/horticulturae7090322 - 17 Sep 2021
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Camellia is a genus of evergreen shrubs or trees, such as C. japonica, C. sinensis, C. oleifera, etc. A group of beneficial soil microorganisms, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), inhabit the rhizosphere of these Camellia spp. A total of eight genera [...] Read more.
Camellia is a genus of evergreen shrubs or trees, such as C. japonica, C. sinensis, C. oleifera, etc. A group of beneficial soil microorganisms, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), inhabit the rhizosphere of these Camellia spp. A total of eight genera of Acaulospora, Entrophospora, Funneliformis, Gigaspora, Glomus, Pacispora, Scutellospora, and Sclerocystis were found to be associated with Camellia plants with Glomus and/or Acaulospora being most abundant. These mycorrhizal fungi can colonize the roots of Camellia spp. and thus form arbuscular mycorrhizal symbionts. AMF is an important partner of Camellia spp. in the field of physiological activities. Studies indicated that AMF inoculation has been shown to promote plant growth, improve nutrient acquisition and nutritional quality, and increase resistance to drought, salinity and heavy metal contamination in potted Camellia. This review thus provides a comprehensive overview of AMF species occurring in the rhizosphere of Camellia spp. and summarizes the variation in root AMF colonization rate as well as the environmental factors and soil nutrients affecting root colonization. The paper also reviews the effects of AMF on plant growth response, nutrient acquisition, food quality, and stress tolerance of Camellia spp. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mycorrhizal Roles in Horticultural Plants)
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