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The incidence of arbuscular mycorrhiza in two submerged Isoëtes species

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2011
Authors:R. Sudová, Rydlová, J., tvrtlíková, M. Č., Havránek, P., Adamec, L.
Journal:Aquatic Botany
Pagination:183 - 187
Date Published:2011///
Keywords:Aquatic macrophytes, Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, Dark septate endophytes, Quillwort

We investigated the occurrence of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in the roots of Isoëtes lacustris and I. echinospora. These submerged lycopsids are the only macrophyte species inhabiting the bottom of two acidified glacial lakes in the Czech Republic. Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi were detected in the roots of both species but the percentage of root colonization was both low and variable. Nevertheless, planting Littorella uniflora in the sediments from Isoëtes rhizosphere revealed high levels of viable AM propagules in both lakes. While AM colonization of Isoëtes roots did not exceed 25%, the average colonization of Littorella roots amounted to more than 80%. Although colonization of quillwort roots by AM fungi is evident, the taxonomic identity and role of these AM fungi in plant growth remain unclear. In addition to AM fungi, root-colonizing dark septate endophytic fungi were observed in both Isoëtes species. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.

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