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Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in Australian stormwater biofilters

BK Winfrey, BE Hatt, RF Ambrose

Ecological Engineering | Published : 2017

Abstract

Stormwater biofilters are important tools for managing runoff in urban watersheds. To the authors’ knowledge, there have been no accounts examining the presence of mycorrhizal fungi in biofilters. This plant–fungi relationship is an important interaction in most terrestrial ecosystems, playing a role in nutrient dynamics, water cycling, and soil organic matter decomposition. The presence of mycorrhiza in biofilters could have implications for nutrient and metal uptake in plants, and thus enhance removal of target pollutants. Additionally, the establishment, growth, and survivability of plants could be enhanced when roots are colonized by mycorrhizae. The aim of this study was to determine th..

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