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Sumiya Rahaman Student Excellence Showcase Carroll Community College

Course: General Biology, BIOL-100
Dr. Stacy Zell
Assignment Title:
Evaluating the Effect of Mycorrhizal Fungi on Nutrient Uptake

Assignment Details

About: This project aims to analyze the influence of two types of mycorrhizal fungi on their nutrient uptake in plants. The purpose of this project is to provide a foundational understanding on the extent of symbiosis relation between plants and the two main types of Mycorrhizal fungi: Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) and Ectomycorrhizal Fungi (EF). 

Questions Explored: How does the presence of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) versus Ectomycorrhizal Fungi (EF) influence nutrient uptake in plants?

Process: For this project, I analyzed four research articles evaluating the role of mycorrhizal fungi in nutrient uptake and plant growth across various ecosystems and plant species.


My project connects directly to ecology and environmental science. Additionally, the data evaluated in my project has allowed me to deepen my understanding of the connection between data and environmental health. This project serves as a foundation for further exploration and application of ecological principals. Therefore, the information and skills gained from this project will allow me advance in the career of environmental conservation.


Through analyzing various scientific research on Mycorrhizal fungi, I was able to further evaluation the factors that influence the role of Mycorrhizal fungi on nutrient uptake. 

Conclusion: Through a comparative analysis on the effectiveness and suitability for each type of mycorrhizal fungi, I was able to conclude while both types of fungi play a critical role in plant growth, Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi are best for the uptake of nutrients amongst a wide range of plant species. They enhance the uptake of phosphorus and water. This allows the host plant to be drought resistant. Therefore, Arbuscular Fungi is best for agriculture. On the other hand, Ectomycorrhizal Fungi best form relationships with specific tree species typically, in forests. They are better for enhancing the uptake of nitrogen, potassium, and calcium. 

Challenges and Successes

Previously, I had very little experience with analyzing complex data generated by other researchers. Learning to read the data and understanding the key components resulted in a significant achievement for me during this project.