Ericoid mycorrhizas are believed to improve N nutrition of many ericaceous plant species that typically occur in habitats with impoverished nutrient status, by releasing amino acids from organic N forms. Despite the ubiquity of mycorrhizal formation the mechanisms and regulation of nutrient transport in mycorrhizal associations are poorly understood.
We used an electrophysiological approach to study how amino acid transport characteristics of Calluna vulgaris were affected by colonization with the ericoid mycorrhiza fungus Hymenoscyphus ericae.
Both the V-max and K-m parameters of amino acid uptake were affected by fungal colonization in a manner consistent with an increased availability of amino acid to the plant.
The ecophysiological significance of altered amino acid transport in colonized root cells of C. vulgaris is discussed.
- amino acid
- Calluna vulgaris
- Hymenoscyphus ericae
- ericoid mycorrhiza
- plant nutrition
- POTASSIUM UPTAKE