Growing Research Networks on Mycorrhizae for Mutual Benefits

Olga Ferlian (Corresponding author), Arjen Biere, Paola Bonfante, François Buscot, Nico Eisenhauer, Ivan Fernandez, Bettina Hause, Sylvie Herrmann, Franziska Krajinski-Barth, Ina C. Meier, Maria J. Pozo, Sergio Rasmann, Matthias C. Rillig, Mika T. Tarkka, Nicole M. van Dam, Cameron Wagg, Ainhoa Martinez-Medina

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Research on mycorrhizal interactions has traditionally developed into separate disciplines addressing different organizational levels. This separation has led to an incomplete understanding of mycorrhizal functioning. Integration of mycorrhiza research at different scales is needed to understand the mechanisms underlying the context dependency of mycorrhizal associations, and to use mycorrhizae for solving environmental issues. Here, we provide a road map for the integration of mycorrhiza research into a unique framework that spans genes to ecosystems. Using two key topics, we identify parallels in mycorrhiza research at different organizational levels. Based on two current projects, we show how scientific integration creates synergies, and discuss future directions. Only by overcoming disciplinary boundaries, we will achieve a more comprehensive understanding of the functioning of mycorrhizal associations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)975-984
Number of pages10
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • mycorrhiza
  • integration
  • organizational level
  • synergies
  • international


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