Soil moisture and chemistry influence diversity of ectomycorrhizal fungal communities associating with willow along an hydrologic gradient

Sonya R. Erlandson, Jessica A. Savage, Jeannine M. Cavender-Bares, Kabir G. Peay

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Abstract

Influences of soil environment and willow host species on ectomycorrhizal fungi communities was studied across an hydrologic gradient in temperate North America. Soil moisture, organic matter and pH strongly predicted changes in fungal community composition. In contrast, increased fungal richness strongly correlated with higher plant-available phosphorus. The 93 willow trees sampled for ectomycorrhizal fungi included seven willow species. Host identity did not influence fungal richness or community composition, nor was there strong evidence of willow host preference for fungal species. Network analysis suggests that these mutualist interaction networks are not significantly nested or modular. Across a strong environmental gradient, fungal abiotic niche determined the fungal species available to associate with host plants within a habitat.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalFEMS microbiology ecology
Volume92
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Keywords

  • Cedar Creek
  • Ectomycorrhizae
  • Host preference
  • Mutualism network
  • Niche
  • Salix

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