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Symbiotic microflora and their role in the ecology of desert plants

, : Symbiotic microflora and their role in the ecology of desert plants. Arid lands: today and tomorrow: 1031-1039

Samples of soil and plant roots taken from two sites in the Lower Sonoran Desert Life Zone and from one site in the Upper Sonoran Desert Life Zone were examined for the presence of spores and hyphae of vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, (VAMF). Various cacti, including prickly pear, jumping cholla and saguaro, as well as creosote bush, desert broom, agave, paloverde and several grasses and composite summer annuals were found to be infected by one or more endophytes.

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