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The role of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in tea cultivation

Code: 9781838796129
Shipra Singh and Anita Pandey, G. B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development, India; and Lok Man S. Palni, Graphic Era University, India

Chapter synopsis: Continuous application of chemical fertilizers in tea gardens may increase production, but it adversely affects the quality of tea. There is therefore growing interest in rhizosphere associates of tea, including symbionts such as arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF). These colonize tea plant roots and support both growth and improvement in the quality-related parameters of tea. This chapter reviews the use of AMF-based bio-inoculants in tea cultivation. It begins by discussing the range of AMF associated with tea and their effects on the tea rhizosphere. We consider the development of an AMF-based bioformulation for use in tea plantations, and then review the effects of using such a bioformulation on both tea plant growth and tea quality.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2017.0036.10
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 AMF, tea and the tea rhizosphere 3 Development of AMF-based bioformulation for tea plantations 4 Plant growth promotion following inoculation with AMF consortia 5 AMF inoculation, tea growth and tea quality 6 Conclusion and future perspectives 7 Where to look for further information 8 Acknowledgements 9 References

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