Mycorrhiza Research
Dr. Ingrid Kottke

Hyphae of mycorrhizal fungus, stained by methyl blue, in the cortical cells of an epiphytic orchid root
New structures and morphotyping of arbuscular mycorrhiza of trees Hartig Net Institute of Special Botany and Mycology

Fungus-plant root symbiosis
in tropical and temperate forests

Epiphytic orchid (Masdevallia deformis) in the tropical mountain rain forest of Southern Ecuador. Photo: I. Kottke

Plants depend on fungi and fungi depend on plants for survival and reproduction in nature. Mutualistic interactions with bidirectional exchange of nutrients and signals between fungi und plant roots were established by the first land plants. Since then they are obligate and omnipresent in tropical and temperate forests.

Diversity, functionality and ecology of these mycorrhizas are investigated by us. We aim to understand general features of the symbiosis and to apply knowledge to sustainable forestry and orchid production.


e-book: "Mykorrhiza – Pilz-Wurzel-Symbiosen" (2016, WikiBooks)
6th Oct 2016


© 2008 - 2016 Dr. rer. nat. habil Ingrid Kottke apl. Prof. i. R.
University of Tübingen | Germany | E-Mail

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