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Mycorrhizal formation by various carnivorous plants

Santiago, Yana and Douglas W. Darnowski

Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 41(1):4-7
Published March 2012

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Carnivorous plants receive the greatest amount of attention for their modified leaves used for obtaining extra nutrients while they live in low-nutrient soils (Slack 2000). Another way in which plants obtain more nutrients when nutrients in the soil are limiting is the formation of mycorrhizae with fungi (Nemec 1982). The fungi provide a large, highly-absorptive surface area for the plants, able to scavenge rare nutrients efficiently, while the plants provide their fungal partners with carbohydrates. This mycorrhizal habit is found in many forest trees and also in most heaths and in some epiphytes and orchids (Marx 1982; Lambers & Colmer 2005). More and more plants are being discovered to be mycorrhizal (Lambers & Colmer 2005).

Keywords: physiology, mycorrhizae, roots

Article Citation

Santiago, Yana and Douglas W. Darnowski. 2012. Mycorrhizal formation by various carnivorous plants. Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 41(1):4-7.

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