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Symbioses: Plant, Animal, and Microbe Interactions

Winther, Jennifer Winther [1].

Identity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in sustainably managed agricultural crops.

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal (AMF) associations potentially provide a variety of benefits to crops including increased access to mineral nutrients, improved soil structure and drought tolerance. However, relatively little is known about AMF associations in agricultural systems and the impact of practices like tilling, composting, and crop rotation on AMF associations. Partnering with the sustainable agriculture program at Grand Valley State University, students in BIO380 did a pilot study of the AMF that form associations with crops on the farm. We identified the AM symbionts based on 18S DNA sequences in clover, lettuce, green onion, kale, carrot, and spinach. Furthermore we established a procedure that can be successfully completed by students during a normal semester. This study is the basis for future classroom investigations into AMF in sustainable agricultural systems.

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1 - Grand Valley State University, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Henry Hall, Allendale, MI, 49401, USA

sustainable agriculture.

Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Topics
Session: P
Location: Grand Salon A - D/Riverside Hilton
Date: Monday, July 29th, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: PSB005
Abstract ID:614
Candidate for Awards:None

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