Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2758


Use of mycorrhiza in soil remediation: A review

Chibuike, G. U
  • Chibuike, G. U
  • Department of Soil Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
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  •  Accepted: 02 September 2013
  •  Published: 18 September 2013


Mycorrhiza-assisted remediation (MAR) is a sustainable method of remediation that uses natural organisms for soil remediation. It is a technique that not only ensures the removal of soil pollutants but also improves the structure of the soil and helps in plant nutrient acquisition. Thus, it helps in vegetation/revegetation of polluted soils after treatment. MAR can be used for the removal of both organic and inorganic soil pollutants. However, its efficiency may be influenced by the species and origin of the mycorrhizal fungi, the type of plants colonized, and the type and concentration of the pollutant. Various soil organisms interact with mycorrhizal fungi to improve the efficiency of MAR. However, more research is needed in order to fully understand the mechanisms of MAR.


Key words: Mycorrhiza-assisted remediation (MAR), mycorrhiza, pollutants, soil remediation, soil organisms.