Mycorrhizal Fungi in South America: Biodiversity, Conservation, and Sustainable Food Production


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Mycorrhizal Fungi in South America: Biodiversity, Conservation, and Sustainable Food Production Editors: Monica A. Lugo, Marcela C. Pagano Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Springer International Publishing AG
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Pages: 392 Illustrations and other contents: 50 Tables, color; 58 Illustrations, color; 7 Illustrations, black and white; VIII, 392 p. 65 illus., 58 illus. in color. Language: English ISBN: 9783031129933 Categories: , ,

In order to feed the world, global agriculture will have to double food production by 2050. As a result, the use of soils with fertilizers and pesticides in agronomic ecosystems will increase, taking into account the sustainability of these systems and also the provision of food security. Thus, soil ecosystems, their health, and their quality are directly involved in sustainable agronomical practices, and it is important to recognize the important role of soil microbial communities such as mycorrhizal fungi, their biodiversity, interactions, and functioning. Soil ecosystems are under the threat of biodiversity loss due to an increase of cultivated areas and agronomic exploitation intensity. Also, changes in land use alter the structure and function of ecosystems where biodiversity is vital in the ecosystem. Soils are a major aid in food production in all terrestrial ecosystems; however, this means they are also involved in gas emission and global warming. Thus, in agronomic ecosystems, several mitigation practices have been proposed to promote the increase of carbon soil stock, and the reduction of warming gas emission from soils. In South America, most of the rural population depends economically on agriculture and usually works in family units. New, organic, safe, and sustainable agro-forestry practices must be applied to support local communities and countries to achieve hunger eradication, rural poverty reduction, and sustainable development. This book compiles new information for mycorrhizal occurrence in natural and anthropic environments in South America. It includes new reports of mycorrhizal fungi diversity along different mycorrhizal types and their effect on plant communities, plant invasions, the use of mycorrhizal fungi for ecological and sustainable studies, management programs of natural and agroecosystems, and forestry and food-secure production. This book fills the gaps in biodiversity knowledge, management and safe food production of mycorrhizas. It should be a valuable help to researchers, professors and students, to aid in use of mycorrhizal fungi while also focusing on their biodiversity, sustainable safe food production, and conservation perspectives.

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Author Biography

Prof. Dr. Monica Alejandra Lugo MICODIF- IMIBIO-CONICET-UNSL- Facultad de Quimica, Bioquimica y Farmacia, 5700, San Luis, Argentina. e-mail [email protected]/[email protected] was born in Tigre, Argentina. She taught for 28 years at high school and Universities such as National University of Buenos Aires, National University of Cordoba and National University of San Luis; and her current positions are Adjunct professor (Biology Department, FQByF, National University of San Luis) to Bachelor of Biological Sciences and to Professor in Biological Sciences, becoming Professor of Vegetal Diversity I, Plant-Fungi interactions: Mycophyllas and Mycorrhizas, Biology of Protist and Fungi and Fungi and Vegetal Systematic. She won three Doctoral Scholarships (1994-1999) and a Postdoc Fellowship (1999-2001). Further, she is the Director of the Mycology, Diversity and Fungal Interaction Herbarium (MICODIF) of the National University of San Luis-SNDB (National System of Biological Data-Argentina).Education: Dr. Lugo completed her D.Sc. (Biological Sciences) from National University of Cordoba, Argentina.Experience: She has worked in diverse research topics such as: Plan-Fungi associations (stem fungal endophytes/mycophyllas, arbuscular mycorrhizas and dark septate endophytes, ectomycorrhizas ecology), Environmental Microbiology (plants and soil microorganism interactions in highlands, stressed, arid and semi-arid native and agronomic ecosystems, secondary communities), Mycology, fungal diversity, etc.Publication: Since 1995, 30 papers published in national and international peer reviewed journals like Microbial Ecology, Mycologia, Symbiosis, Mycorrhiza, Pedobiologia, Journal of Arid Environments, Plant and Soil, etc., published also 6 Book Chapters, 1 Book of Research Methodologies, 3 Didactic and Research Books from different editorial such as NOVA Science Publishers, and SpringerInternational collaboration: Dr. Lugo also collaborate in research projects in Argentina, Colombia, Italy and with other research groups.Editorial Experience: She has reviewed research works as expert reviewer of International Journals (Applied Soil Ecology, Fungal Ecology, Microbial Ecology, Mycorrhiza, Symbiosis, etc.) and National Journals.Specialization Keywords: Plant-soil interactions /soil ecology, mycorrhizic fungi, plant symbiosis/arid, semiarid, highlands, stressed environments Dr. Marcela Claudia PaganoMarcela Pagano was born in La Plata, Argentina. She taught for some years at high school and Universities. In 2018 she was appointed as Technical analyst in Health Promotion and Management at Sanitary Surveillance Board, Santa Catarina, Brazil. Prior to that, she spent over 10 years in mycorrhizal research, completing her PhD at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil and four postdoctoral fellowships.Education: Dr. Pagano completed her D.Sc. (Sciences - Applied Botany) and her MSc in Ecology, Conservation and Wild Life Management from Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil.Experience: She has vast experience in different areas of plant-soil-fungal biology, to name a few: Rhizobial and mycorrhizal symbiosis, Nanomaterials focusing on anthropogenic soils and biochar, terrestrial ecology, etc.Publication: Since 1998, 28 papers published in national and international peer reviewed journals like Ecological Indicators, Applied Soil Ecology, Symbiosis, Soil & Tillage Research, etc. and from different journals of Elsevier, Springer, etc.International collaboration: Dr. Pagano also collaborate in research projects in Brazil and with other research groups, which has resulted in 27 book chapters and 2 edited books.Editorial Experience: She is editorial board member of three International Journals (European Journal of Soil Biology, Frontiers in Microbiology).Specialization Keywords: Plant-soil interactions /soil ecology, mycorrhizal fungi, plant symbiosis, Nanomaterials