The potential for mycorrhizae to improve green roof function

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dc.contributor.author John, Jesse
dc.contributor.author Kernaghan, Gavin
dc.contributor.author Lundholm, Jeremy
dc.date.accessioned 2019-12-04T19:07:20Z
dc.date.available 2019-12-04T19:07:20Z
dc.date.issued 2016-07
dc.identifier.citation John, J., Kernaghan, G. and Lundholm, J. 2017. The potential for mycorrhizae to improve green rooffunction. Urban Ecosystems 20: 113-127. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11252-016-0573-x en_US
dc.identifier.other doi:10.1007/s11252-016-0573-x
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10587/2064
dc.description.abstract The selection of plant species for use on green roofs has been based primarily on their ability to cope with the harsh climatic conditions of the urban rooftop environment. However, green roof plants must also survive in engineered substrates that often lack organic material and beneficial soil microorganisms such as mycorrhizal fungi. We review the literature on mycorrhizae in the context of green roof ecosystems, identifying aspects of green roof functioning that could be enhanced through the integration of mycorrhizal fungi. Although relatively few studies have addressed the influence of mycorrhizal symbiosis on green roof plants specifically, we include information from a variety of naturally occurring habitats with analogous growing conditions. The available literature suggests that the incorporation of mycorrhizal fungi can improve a number of green roof functional attributes, including plant diversity, drought resilience, leachate quality, nutrient use efficiency and carbon sequestration, all while reducing the need for external nutrient inputs. We present evidence that mycorrhizal fungi are of general benefit to green roof ecosystems, and can be effectively integrated into green roof design. We recommend methods for this integration and propose future research directions. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Urban Ecosystems (Springer) en_US
dc.subject Ecosystem function en_US
dc.subject Soil amendment en_US
dc.subject Nutrient uptake en_US
dc.subject Soil organic matter en_US
dc.subject Microbial ecology en_US
dc.subject Rhizosphere en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.title The potential for mycorrhizae to improve green roof function en_US
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