The effect of aluminium on the distribution of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus in mycorrhizal and non-mycorrhizal seedlings of Eucalyptus rudis: a cryo-microanalytical study

L. M. Egerton-Warburton*, J. Kuo, B. J. Griffin, B. B. Lamont

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Abstract

The distribution of Al, Ca, Mg and P in the lateral roots and leaves of mycorrhizal and non-mycorrhizal seedlings of Eucalyptus rudis grown with and without Al was analysed using energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis on a cryo-scanning electron microscope. Al accumulated in all tissues of nonmycorrhizal plants: the endodermis was not a barrier to the translocation of Al. In mycorrhizal roots, Al was concentrated within the sheath. The presence of Al reduced the levels of Ca and Mg in both mycorrhizal and non-mycorrhizal roots and shoots in comparison with control plants. The presence of mycorrhizas increased the levels of Ca and Mg in plants grown with Al in comparison with non-inoculated plants, although there was no evidence that mycorrhizas increased the levels of P in plants grown in Al-amended soils. P levels were higher in the mycorrhizal sheath of plants grown with Al than the controls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)481-484
Number of pages4
JournalPlant and Soil
Volume155-156
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 1993

Keywords

  • Eucalyptus
  • Pisolithus tinctorius
  • aluminium
  • cryo-electron microprobe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Soil Science
  • Plant Science

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