Interplant communication via common mycorrhizal network

Špadina, Barbara (2015) Interplant communication via common mycorrhizal network. Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Mycorrhiza is a form of a mutualistic simbiotic relation established between the roots of plants and hyphae of fungi. Due to this relation, underground hyphal networks are moulded. In proffesional literature these types of hyphal networks are often called “common mychorrhizal networks”-CMN, which refers to the fact that they are a linkage between members of the same and also of different species. It is believed that common mychorrhizal networks are a channel that mediates communication between plants. Mycorrhizal networks conduit biochemical signals that induce specific defense responses in plants. Although these compounds remain unknown, there are some speculations that jasmonic and salicic acid, or perhaps some lipid compounds could take the role. Through a network of underground mycorrhizal networks, plants can extend the bioactive zone for various signals involved in plant defense system, allelopathy, resistance to various diseases and pests. Also CMNs can transmit nutrients such as phosphorus, nitrogen and carbon. Therefore, the CMNs have a key role in interplant communication as they are a conduit for information that help plants thrive and survive.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Supervisor: Tkalec, Mirta
Date: 2015
Number of Pages: 15
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2016 14:09
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2016 14:09

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