Nitrogen deficiency is the most common and widespread nutritional deficiency affecting plants worldwide. Ectomycorrhizal symbiosis involves the beneficial interaction of plants with soil fungi and plays a critical role in nutrient cycling, including the uptake of nitrogen from the environment. The main goal of this study is to understand how limiting nitrogen in the presence or absence of an ectomycorrhizal fungi, Laccaria bicolor, affects the health of aspen trees, Populus tremuloides. Under limited nitrogen conditions, aspen tree growth and development is reduced, and mycorrhizal symbiosis may significantly improve plant biomass, providing sufficient nitrogen is available. The results of biochemical analysis also indicate that the supply of carbon to fungus associated with aspen roots is reduced as a result of aspen utilizing more sugar resources for the production of sucrose and starch within shoot tissues. Identification of metabolic pathways in aspen tree roots revealed that carbohydrate and nitrate metabolism was impacted by changing environmental conditions, including interactions with the fungi.
|Commitee:||Cseke, Leland J., Lawton, Robert O., Matzkin, Luciano M.|
|School:||The University of Alabama in Huntsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Alabama|
|Source:||MAI 54/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Molecular biology, Plant biology, Alternative Energy, Cellular biology|
|Keywords:||Aspen, Biochemical, Metabolism, Mycorrhizal, Nitrogen limitation, Pathways|
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