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Journal of soil science and plant nutrition

versão On-line ISSN 0718-9516


AZCON-AGUILAR, C  e  BAREA, J.M. Nutrient cycling in the mycorrhizosphere. J. Soil Sci. Plant Nutr. [online]. 2015, vol.15, n.2, pp.372-396.  Epub 30-Abr-2015. ISSN 0718-9516.

Optimizing the turnover and recycling of nutrients, a fundamental issue for the sustainability and productivity of agro-ecosystems is depending on the functionality of a framework of plant-soil interactions where microbial populations are involved. Both mutualistic symbionts and saprophytic microorganisms living at the root-soil interfaces, the rhizosphere, or in the plant-associated soil, are recognized as essential drivers of nutrient cycling, availability and capture. Among the mutualistic symbionts, arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi are one of the most influential groups of soil biota because after establishing the AM symbiosis with most plant species they enhance plant nutrient uptake properties. Saprophytic microorganisms are recognized for their abilities to propel nitrogen (N) fixation and/or phosphorus (P) mobilization, two fundamental processes for sustain plant productivity. Mycorrhiza establishment changes the biological and physical-chemical properties of the rhizosphere, developing the so-called mycorrhizosphere. Particularly relevant is the mycorrhizosphere of legume plants since it also involves the symbiosis with N2-fixing nodulating rhizobial bacteria. In this overview of mycorrhizosphere interactions related to nutrient cycling, after describing the protagonist microorganisms, the mechanisms responsible for nutrient acquisition by AM-plants are first analyzed. Then, the processes involved in mycorrhizosphere establishment and functions are described. Finally, the achievements derived from managing selected AM fungi and beneficial bacteria interactions (mycorrhizosphere tailoring) are discussed. The use of 15N and 32P to elucidate the contribution of the mycorrhizosphere components to plant nutrient acquisition is detailed.

Palavras-chave : Mycorrhizosphere services; plant nutrition; nutrient transport; isotope dilution techniques; mycorrhizosphere tailoring.

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