Distribution of dominant arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi among five plant species in undisturbed vegetation of a coastal grassland

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2005
Authors:E. H. Stukenbrock, Rosendahl S.
Date Published:Nov
Keywords:Angiosperms, Asteraceae, Denmark, DNA: Fungal, DNA: Ribosomal, Ecosystem, Fungi, Mycorrhizae, Phylogeny, Plant Roots, Polymerase Chain Reaction, Sequence Analysis: DNA, Sequence Homology, Thymus Plant

Most plant species in mixed grassland vegetation are colonized by arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi. Previous studies have reported differences in host preferences among AM fungi, although the fungi are known to lack host specificity. In the present study, the distribution of phylogenetic groups of AM fungi belonging to a clade of Glomus species was studied in five plant species from a coastal grassland in Denmark. The occurrence of the fungi was determined by PCR analyses of fungal large subunit ribosomal DNA sequences amplified from root fragments using a specific primer set. The results showed that the dominant Glomus species were able to colonize all the studied plant species, supporting the view that the AM fungi represent a large underground interconnecting mycelial network.

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