Based on a comprehensive understanding of orchid mycorrhiza, it should be possible to employ orchid mycorrhizal fungi to develop artificial propagation, and reintroduction of selected endangered species to the wild habitats (Luo et al.
Isolation and Screening of Orchid Mycorrhizal Fungi
Isolation and screening of compatible orchid mycorrhizal fungi in China have been largely stimulated by problems encountered during rapid artificial propagation of commercial orchid seedlings of some Chinese Cymbidium and lady's slipper orchid species (Table 1).
Besides isolation of orchid mycorrhizal fungi from G.
Orchid mycorrhizal fungi have been studied via the isolation and establishment of pure cultures from colonized root tissue (Warcup, 1981; Currah et al.
Some studies indicated that orchid mycorrhizal fungi couid secrete gibberellins ([GA.
Future Studies of Orchid Mycorrhizal Fungi in Relation to Orchid Conservation in China
2009), but few data are available on application of orchid mycorrhizal fungi in those species.
The roles of orchid mycorrhizal fungi in initiating seed germination and promoting post-germination growth have been demonstrated experimentally for many orchid species (Table 1).