The AMF Distribution in India - A Checklist

Future Prospects

Several limitations were observed before making this database useful to science. It was difficult to reach the best acceptable situation not only due to limited availability because of availability of data but also because of the type of the organisms which we are dealing with. The main constraints are:

  • Primarily, the distribution of difficult and obscure organisms tend to follow the distribution of people who are interested in them. This of course brings in an enormous bias when making up lists and assessing biogeographical data.
  • Many of the species lists contain no evidence whatsoever to support their identifications. At least some of them include photographs and so it is possible to confirm if they even might be correctly determined, but probably the majority contain nothing to help the reader other than what is an assertion that the species has been found.
  • It is not only the taxonomy of these organisms that is in a total mess, but also the nomenclature and the phylogeny. The molecular database is generally a disaster when it comes to correct identification, and it is sure that the complete list of species names includes many synonyms.
  • Even some of the species descriptions (protologues) are not supported by adequate voucher specimens (types).

We tried to overcome the above limitations by adding the information whether conclusion drawn about occurrence of a species is a result of molecular or morphological, cultural or field studies and whether photographs were included in the study or not etc.