The potential of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in C cycling: a review

Manoj Parihar*, Amitava Rakshit, Vijay Singh Meena, Vijai Kumar Gupta, Kiran Rana, Mahipal Choudhary, Gopal Tiwari, Pankaj Kumar Mishra, Arunava Pattanayak, Jaideep Kumar Bisht, Surendra Singh Jatav, Priyanka Khati, Hanuman Singh Jatav

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Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) contribute predominantly to soil organic matter by creating a sink demand for plant C and distributing to below-ground hyphal biomass. The extra-radical hyphae along with glomalin-related soil protein significantly influence the soil carbon dynamics through their larger extent and turnover period need to discuss. The role of AMF is largely overlooked in terrestrial C cycling and climate change models despite their greater involvement in net primary productivity augmentation and further accumulation of this additional photosynthetic fixed C in the soil. However, this buffering mechanism against elevated CO2 condition to sequester extra C by AMF can be described only after considering their potential interaction with other microbes and associated mineral nutrients such as nitrogen cycling. In this article, we try to review the potential of AMF in C sequestration paving the way towards a better understanding of possible AMF mechanism by which C balance between biosphere and atmosphere can be moved forward in more positive direction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1581-1596
Number of pages16
JournalArchives of Microbiology
Issue number7
Early online date24 May 2020
Publication statusPrint publication - 1 Sept 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbon sequestration
  • Glomalin
  • Net primary productivity
  • Nutrient exchange
  • Soil nitrifiers


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