A friendly-environmental strategy: application of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to ornamental plants for plant growth and garden landscape

  • Miao-Miao XIE Yangtze University, College of Horticulture and Gardening, Jingzhou, Hubei 434025
  • Yu WANG Yangtze University, College of Horticulture and Gardening, Jingzhou, Hubei 434025
  • Qiu-Shuang LI Yangtze University, College of Horticulture and Gardening, Jingzhou, Hubei 434025
  • Kamil KUČA University of Hradec Kralove, Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry, Hradec Kralove 50003
  • Qiang-Sheng WU Yangtze University, College of Horticulture and Gardening, Jingzhou, Hubei 434025;University of Hradec Kralove, Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry, Hradec Kralove 50003 http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3405-8409
Keywords: endophytic fungi; ecological reconstruction; garden plants; stress; symbiosis


The demand for ornamental plants is increasing due to urban greening and rural construction, while the growing environment of plants, especially the soil environment, is deteriorating. Hence, sustainable methods of ornamental plant cultivation need to be developed quickly. The application of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) to ornamental plants can be one of the eco-friendly ways to achieve the objective. Soil AMF establish mycorrhizal symbiosis with roots of ornamental plants, which can develop a marvelous mycorrhizal mycelium network in the rhizosphere to stimulate nutrient and water acquisition of host plants. Numerous researches have proven that AMF improved the quality of ornamental plants, like fruit yield, height, biomass, seed quality, the size and number of flowers, leaf, and root. In addition, mycorrhizal fungi also improve nutrient uptake and endogenous hormone balance of host plants. Another important function of AMF is to regulate the physiological, biochemical, and molecular responses of host plants to adversity, including drought stress, temperature stress, heavy-metal stress, and insect and disease stress. From the perspective of the ecological garden landscape, AMF richness would maintain plant abundance, nutrient and energy balance, and higher productivity in normal and soil environment stress, thus, establishing a friendly-environmental ecosystem. This review also provides the basis to exploit and improve the commercial application of AMF in ornamental plants in the future.


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How to Cite
XIE, M.-M., WANG, Y., LI, Q.-S., KUČA, K., & WU, Q.-S. (2020). A friendly-environmental strategy: application of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to ornamental plants for plant growth and garden landscape. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca, 48(3), 1100-1115. https://doi.org/10.15835/nbha48312055
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