Radiocesium transfer between Medicago truncatula plants via a common mycorrhizal network

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  • Veronica Gyuricza
  • Yves Thiry
  • Jean Wannijn
  • Stéphane Declerck
  • Hervé Dupré de Boulois

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Common mycorrhizal networks of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi have been reported to transfer cesium between plants. However, a direct hyphae-mediated transfer (via cytoplasm/protoplasm) cannot be distinguished from an indirect transfer. Indeed, cesium released by the roots of the donor plant can be taken up by the receiver plant or fungal hyphae. In the present study, Medicago truncatula plants were connected by a common mycorrhizal network and Prussian Blue (ammonium-ferric-hexacyano ferrate) was added in the growth medium to adsorb the released radiocaesium.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2180-2189
JournalEnvironmental Microbiology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2010


  • radiocesium, transfer, medicago truncatula, common, mycorrhizal, network

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