FACTORS AFFECTING THE VESICULAR-ARBUSCULAR INFECTION AND MYCORRHIZAL DEPENDENCY OF THIRTEEN WHEAT CULTIVARS

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SUMMARY

Wheat cultivars inoculated with Glomus mosseae show different degrees of mycorrhizal infection and mycorrhizal dependency. Mycorrhizal dependency was affected by root and root/shoot (R/S) ratio dry wts, but neither mycorrhizal dependency nor mycorrhizal infection levels were directly affected by N, P, K, Ca or Mg concentrations in plant tissues.

Absence of mycorrhizal infection in some wheat varieties was associated with lack of sugar exudation from the roots rather than with the sugar content of the roots. VA infection led to a decrease in the reducing and total sugar content of root extracts, and this effect was correlated with the degree of mycorrhizal infection.

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