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Ecology and Evolution of the Grass-Endophyte Symbiosis
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Ecology and Evolution of the Grass-Endophyte Symbiosis

Gregory P. Cheplick and Stanley Faeth

Abstract

Symbiotic relationships between plants and fungi are extremely common in nature, ranging from highly parasitic to closely mutualistic. Grasses, which are common and ecologically important components of many ecosystems worldwide, are often infected by clandestine, endosymbiotic fungi that grow within their stems, leaves, and seeds. This book attempts to synthesize the accumulating literature on grass-endophyte symbioses within a modern ecological and evolutionary framework. Topics covered include effects of endophytes on host growth, physiology, reproduction, and competitive ability in both agr ... More

Keywords: coevolution, community ecology, endophytic fungi, genetic diversity, grasses, herbivory, interactions, symbiosis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195308082
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195308082.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory P. Cheplick, author
CUNY/Staten Island

Stanley Faeth, author
Arizona State University

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