Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 3 No. 2

Mycorrhizal Association of Glomus aggregatum with Begonia malabarica Enhances the Growth and Biomass

S.N. Suresh* and N. Nagarajan

PG and Research Department of Botany, Kongunadu Arts and Science College, Coimbatore - 29, India.

Received on 26 February 2009 and accepted on 10 April 2009

 

ABSTRACT

Begonia malabarica was found to be associated with an Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungus, Glomus aggregatum. Pot culture experiments showed that inoculation of Begonia with Glomus aggregatum caused a two fold increase in growth and biomass production as compared to the control plants. These findings indicate the potential use of AM fungi for improving the production of an important medicinal herb.

Keywords : Mycorrhizal association, Glomus aggregatum, Begonia malabarica, Biomass.