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Silicon acquisition by bananas (c.V. Grande Naine) is increased in presence of the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus Rhizophagus irregularis MUCL 41833
- Oye Anda, Corinne Coretta, Opfergelt, Sophie, Declerck, Stéphane
- Plant and soil 2016 v.409 no.1-2 pp. 77-85
- Rhizophagus irregularis, bananas, leaves, mycorrhizal fungi, pests, phosphorus, roots, shoots, silicon
- AIM: This work aimed to investigate the role of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) in the uptake and accumulation of silicon (Si) in banana plants. Si is recognized as a significant element that helps plants resist stresses. METHODS: A pot experiment compared the growth, Si and P accumulation of banana plants pre-colonized or not by an AMF and exposed or not to Si added to the growth substrate. RESULTS: A marked increase in Si was noticed in pseudostem, leaves and roots of pre-colonized banana plants, in presence as well as in absence of Si added to the growth substrate. Without Si addition, this accumulation was 60 % and 45 % higher in pseudostem and leaves, respectively, while it was 47 % and 41 % in presence of Si added to the substrate. In roots, this increase was 23 % and 52 % in presence and absence of Si added to the substrate, respectively. Phosphorus content in shoots and roots was likewise significantly increased in presence of AMF or Si. CONCLUSION: Our findings revealed that pre-colonized banana plants accumulated more Si in shoot and roots than non-mycorrhizal plants and may thus represent a potential novel avenue to explore banana resistance to pests and diseases.