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Difference between Endomycorrhizae and Ectomycorrhizae

Ectomycorrhizae and endomycorrhizae are two types of symbiotic relationships that exist between fungi and the roots of higher plants.

Ectomycorrhiza, as the name suggests, does not penetrate deep into the plant (cortical cells. W

hereas endomycorrhiza tends to penetrate deeper (into the cortex cells). Read on to explore other differences between these two coexistence relationships.

Definition

Ectomycorrhizae 

Similar to Ectomycorrhizae, but the fungal hyphae penetrate the cortical cells of the plant root.

Endomycorrhizae

A symbiotic relationship between fungi and plants, where the fungal hyphae do NOT penetrate the cortical cells of the plant root.

Difference between Endomycorrhizae and Ectomycorrhizae

Ectomycorrhizae 

Endomycorrhizae

Hyphal Mantle

Present

Absent

Prevalence

Less prevalent

Widely prevalent

Arbuscules and Vesicles

Absent

Present

Fungi Involved

Basidiomycota and Ascomycota

Glomeromycota

Plants

ypical hosts are conifers such as Cedrus and pinus. Also found in non-conifers such as beech and oak ymbiosis is common among vascular plants
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