Book ID: 102448
Merckx, Vincent S.F.T. (ed.)
Mycoheterotrophic Flowering Plants. 2012. illus. XI, 356 p. gr8vo. Hardcover.
Over the course of evolution, several plant lineages have found ways to obtain water, minerals, and carbohydrates from fungi. Some plants are able exploit fungi to such extent that they lose the need for photosynthesis. The ability of a plant to live on fungal carbon is known as mycoheterotrophy. This intriguing process has fascinated botanists for centuries, yet many aspects of mycoheterotrophy have remained elusive for a long time. The book explores the biology of mycoheterotrophs, offering general insights into their ecology, diversity, and evolution. This volume provides a thematic overview of different aspects of mycoheterotrophy. Comprehensive and readily accessible, the book is a valuable resource for researchers and students who are interested in the process of mycoheterotrophy.