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Growing Research Networks on Mycorrhizae for Mutual Benefits

Ferlian, Olga, Biere, Arjen, Bonfante, Paola, Buscot, François, Eisenhauer, Nico, Fernandez, Ivan, Hause, Bettina, Herrmann, Sylvie, Krajinski-Barth, Franziska, Meier, Ina C., Pozo, Maria J., Rasmann, Sergio, Rillig, Matthias C., Tarkka, Mika T., van Dam, Nicole M., Wagg, Cameron, Martinez-Medina, Ainhoa
Trends in plant science 2018 v.23 no.11 pp. 975-984
ecosystems, genes, mycorrhizae
Research on mycorrhizal interactions has traditionally developed into separate disciplines addressing different organizational levels. This separation has led to an incomplete understanding of mycorrhizal functioning. Integration of mycorrhiza research at different scales is needed to understand the mechanisms underlying the context dependency of mycorrhizal associations, and to use mycorrhizae for solving environmental issues. Here, we provide a road map for the integration of mycorrhiza research into a unique framework that spans genes to ecosystems. Using two key topics, we identify parallels in mycorrhiza research at different organizational levels. Based on two current projects, we show how scientific integration creates synergies, and discuss future directions. Only by overcoming disciplinary boundaries, we will achieve a more comprehensive understanding of the functioning of mycorrhizal associations.