Responses of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi on Growth of Two Medicinal Trees

Bhagwati Prasad Chamola

Abstract


Plants have provided the means of curing diseases perhaps since the evolution of mankind on the planet earth. In India the oldest record of the use of plants as medicine is mentioned in the Rigveda (4500-1600 B.C.) which contain ns many shlokas and hymns written in the praise of plants. Most of the medicinal plants are being extracted for drug and pharmaceutical industries from wild population. This has adversely affected the very existence of a number of plants of high commercial value. Further, with the increasing world demand and renewed global interest in traditional ethno pharmacy coupled with the increasing preference for natural substances in the health care system, the natural stock of medicinal plants are under tremendous pressure.Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi are known for improving plant growth through their influence on root geometry with enhanced production of roots aided by an increase in an uptake of major nutrients, leading to increased photosynthetic activity. Keeping this in view the present study was taken up with an objective to study the response of some medicinal tree species to AM fungi for germination and growth parameters.

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