What is it about?

Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi form symbiotic associations with many land plants and contribute the improvement of plant nutrition. AM fungi have been recognized as obligate symbionts. We have shown that myristate, C14:0 fatty acid, boosts the growth of AM fungi in the absence of host plants and can also serve as a carbon and energy source.

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Why is it important?

It has long been recognized that pure culture of AM fungi is difficult. We show that AM fungi in the media containing myristate can complete their life cycle in the absence of host plants. Our findings will advance the pure culture and inoculum production of AM fungi.

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This page is a summary of: Myristate can be used as a carbon and energy source for the asymbiotic growth of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, September 2020, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2006948117.
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