The effect of dryland salinity on the diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi

Bree Wilson, Gavin Ash, John Harper

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Dryland salinity is a significant environmental problem in Australia. The large‐scale removal of native vegetation and the sowing of shallow‐rooted pastures and crops is a major contributor to dryland salinity. Much of the research that aims to improve land productivity and maintain biodiversity focuses on above ground biomass. Less research has investigated the deleterious effects of dryland salinity on soil microorganisms such as arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, considered essential for the establishment and growth of plants. The aim of study was to investigate the diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi from a saline agricultural field site using denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventBiennial Australasian Plant Pathology Society Conference (APPS): APPS 2009 - Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia
Duration: 29 Sep 200901 Oct 2009 (conference handbook)


ConferenceBiennial Australasian Plant Pathology Society Conference (APPS)
Abbreviated titlePlant Health Management: An Integrated Approach
OtherOn behalf of the Local Organising Committee welcome to Newcastle and the 17th Australasian Plant Pathology Society Conference, an event that marks the 40th (or Ruby) anniversary of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society. It provides us with a good opportunity to reflect on the achievements of our profession over four decades of unprecedented discovery about the nature and management of plant disease. It is also a time to ponder the directions of our profession amidst the challenges posed by emerging and persistent plant diseases, food security, climate change, water shortages, rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, bioterrorism, consumer safety and preferences, and the opportunities presented to agriculture and horticulture by biofuels, phytomedicines and leisure activities.
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