What are mycorrhizal traits?

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Authors

  • V. Bala Chaudhary
  • E. Penelope Holland
  • Suw Charman-Anderson
  • Aidee Guzman
  • Lukas Bell-Dereske
  • Tanya E. Cheeke
  • Adriana Corrales
  • Jessica Duchicela
  • Cameron Egan
  • Manju M. Gupta
  • S. Emilia Hannula
  • Rachel Hestrin
  • Shabana Hoosein
  • Amit Kumar
  • Genet Mhretu
  • Lena Neuenkamp
  • Pushpa Soti
  • Yichun Xie
  • Thorunn Helgason

Traits are inherent properties of organisms, but how are they defined for organismal networks such as mycorrhizal symbioses? Mycorrhizal symbioses are complex and diverse belowground symbioses between plants and fungi that have proved challenging to fit into a unified and coherent trait framework. We propose an inclusive mycorrhizal trait framework that classifies traits as morphological, physiological, and phenological features that have functional implications for the symbiosis. We further classify mycorrhizal traits by location – plant, fungus, or the symbiosis – which highlights new questions in trait-based mycorrhizal ecology designed to charge and challenge the scientific community. This new framework is an opportunity for researchers to interrogate their data to identify novel insights and gaps in our understanding of mycorrhizal symbioses.

OriginalspracheEnglisch
ZeitschriftTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Jahrgang37
Ausgabenummer7
Seiten (von - bis)573-581
Anzahl der Seiten9
ISSN0169-5347
DOIs
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 01.07.2022

Bibliographische Notiz

Funding Information:
Concepts for this paper were conceived during iCOMET, a workshop and international Collaboration on Mycorrhizal Ecological Traits held virtually in March 2020. The authors are grateful to Linh Anh Cat and Natasa Sibanc for contributing to initial discussions, and to Alastair Fitter for providing helpful comments on the manuscript. We thank Pierre-Luc Chagnon, Guillermo Bueno, and two anonymous reviewers for constructive comments that greatly improved the manuscript. We also appreciate and recognize research that could not be included in this paper due to space limitations. The iCOMET workshop was supported by the Natural Environmental Research Council (grant number NE/S008543/1 ). V.B.C. is supported by the National Science Foundation (award DEB-1844531 ).

Funding Information:
Concepts for this paper were conceived during iCOMET, a workshop and international Collaboration on Mycorrhizal Ecological Traits held virtually in March 2020. The authors are grateful to Linh Anh Cat and Natasa Sibanc for contributing to initial discussions, and to Alastair Fitter for providing helpful comments on the manuscript. We thank Pierre-Luc Chagnon, Guillermo Bueno, and two anonymous reviewers for constructive comments that greatly improved the manuscript. We also appreciate and recognize research that could not be included in this paper due to space limitations. The iCOMET workshop was supported by the Natural Environmental Research Council (grant number NE/S008543/1). V.B.C. is supported by the National Science Foundation (award DEB-1844531). L.N. was supported by the Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship (MYFUN, Grant agreement ID: 835472). No interests are declared.

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