Metal(loid) accumulation and arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) status of the dominant plant species, Cynodon dactylon, growing at four multi-metal(loid)s-contaminated sites and an uncontaminated site of China were investigated. Up to 94.7 As mg kg⁻¹, 417 Pb mg kg⁻¹, 498 Zn mg kg⁻¹, 5.8 Cd mg kg⁻¹ and 27.7 Cu mg kg⁻¹ in shoots of C. dactylon were recorded. The plant was colonized consistently by AM fungi (33.0-65.5%) at both uncontaminated site and metal-contaminated sites. Based on morphological characteristics, fourteen species of AM fungi were identified in the rhizosphere of C. dactylon, with one belonging to the genus of Acaulospora and the other thirteen belonging to the genus of Glomus. Glomus etunicatum was the most common species associated with C. dactylon growing at metal-contaminated sites. Spore abundance in the rhizosphere of C. dactylon growing at the metal-contaminated soils (22-82 spores per 25 g soil) was significantly lower than that of the uncontaminated soils (371 spores per 25 g soil). However, AM fungal species diversity in the metal-contaminated soils was significantly higher than that in the uncontaminated soils. This is the first report of AM status in the rhizosphere of C. dactylon, the dominant plant survival in metal-contaminated soils. The investigation also suggests that phytorestoration of metal-contaminated sites might be facilitated using the appropriate plant with the aid of tolerant AM fungi. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
CitationWu, F. Y., Bi, Y. L., Leung, H. M., Ye, Z. H., Lin, X. G., & Wong, M. H. (2010). Accumulation of As, Pb, Zn, Cd and Cu and arbuscular mycorrhizal status in populations of Cynodon dactylon grown on metal-contaminated soils. Applied Soil Ecology, 44(3), 213-218. doi: 10.1016/j.apsoil.2009.12.008
- AM fungal diversity
- Heavy metals
- Spore abundance