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Title Microorganisms in plant conservation and biodiversity / edited by K. Sivasithamparam, K.W. Dixon and R.L. Barrett
Published Dordrecht ; Boston : Kluwer Academic Publishers, [2002]


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Description xiii, 378 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1. Plant conservation and biodiversity: the place of microorganisms -- DR Given, KW Dixon, RL Barrett and K Sivasithamparam 1 -- 2. Conservation of mycorrhizal fungal communities under elevated atmospheric CO2 and anthropogenic nitrogen deposition -- LM Egerton-Warburton, EB Allen and MF Allen 19 -- 3. Symbiotic nitrogen fixation between microorganisms and higher plants of natural ecosystems -- JS Pate 45 -- 4. Bacterial associations with plants: beneficial, non N-fixing interactions -- B Gerhardson and S Wright 79 -- 5. Ectomycorrhizas in plant communities -- MC Brundrett and JWG Cairney 105 -- 6. Arbuscular mycorrhizas in plant communities -- MC Brundrett and LK Abbott 151 -- 7. Orchid conservation and mycorrhizal associations -- AL Batty, KW Dixon, MC Brundrett and K Sivasithamparam 195 -- 8. Ericoid mycorrhizas in plant communities -- KW Dixon, K Sivasithamparam and DJ Read 227 -- 9. The diversity of plant pathogens and conservation: -- bacteria and fungi sensu lato -- DS Ingram 241 -- 10. Ex situ conservation of microbial diversity -- W Gams 269 -- 11. Impact of fungal pathogens in natural forest ecosystems: a focus on Eucalypts -- T Burgess and MJ Wingfield 285 -- 12. Microbial contaminants in plant tissue culture propagation -- E Bunn and B Tan 307 -- 13. Phytosanitary considerations in species recovery programs -- GEStJ Hardy and K Sivasithamparam 337
Summary "Plant conservation is increasingly recognised as an outstanding global priority, yet despite considerable efforts over the last few decades, the number of threatened species continues to rise. The practice of plant conservation has for too long been a rather hit-or-miss mixture of methods. While microorganisms have been recognised as a crucial and essential element in supporting the lifecycles of plant species, there has been limited recognition of the relationships between macro level conservation facilitating ecosystem functioning at the micro level."
"This book addresses the role of microorganisms in conservation - both their support functions and deleterious roles in ecosystem processes and species survival. Importantly, a number of authors highlight how microbial diversity is, itself, now under threat from the many and pervasive influences of man. What is clear from this volume is that like many contemporary treatments of plant and animal conservation, the solution to mitigate the erosion of biodiversity is not simple. This book represents an attempt to bring to the fore the ecological underwriting provided by microorganisms."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Mycorrhizas.
Plant conservation.
Plant diversity conservation.
Author Barrett, R. L.
Dixon, K. W. (Kingsley W.)
Sivasithamparam, K.
LC no. 2002031654
ISBN 1402007809 (alk. paper)