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Diversity and ecology of epigeous ectomycorrhizal macrofungal assemblages in a native wet eucalypt forest in Tasmania, Australia


Gates, GM and Mohammed, C and Ratkowsky, DA and Wardlaw, T and Davidson, NJ, Diversity and ecology of epigeous ectomycorrhizal macrofungal assemblages in a native wet eucalypt forest in Tasmania, Australia, Fungal Ecology, 4, (4) pp. 290-298. ISSN 1754-5048 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.funeco.2010.08.001


This paper investigates the diversity and ecology of the epigeous ectomycorrhizal (EcM)fungal assemblages of four plots in native Eucalyptus obliqua forest in Tasmania at different ages of regeneration since the natural disturbance of wildfire. From fortnightly visits to 1 ha of forest over a period of 14 months, 331 EcM species were documented. The family Cortinariaceae (particularly the genus Cortinarius) dominated the EcM communities, with the youngest plot (72 yr since the last wildfire) having the greatest number of EcM species. Each plot was divided up into 25 10 10 m subplots, and both unconstrained and constrained ordination procedures showed a significant association between the woody perennial plant community of the subplots and their EcM assemblages, reflecting the covariation of plant and fungal communities. The study provides benchmark knowledge of EcM communities in a specific forest type in Tasmania, serving as a good basis for further studies in those forests and in similar forest types elsewhere.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Ectomycorrhizal; Epigeous; Macrofungi; Native eucalypt forest; Tasmania; Wildfire
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Climate change impacts and adaptation
Research Field:Climate change impacts and adaptation not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial biodiversity
UTAS Author:Gates, GM (Dr Genevieve Gates)
UTAS Author:Mohammed, C (Professor Caroline Mohammed)
UTAS Author:Ratkowsky, DA (Dr David Ratkowsky)
UTAS Author:Davidson, NJ (Dr Neil Davidson)
ID Code:70222
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2011-06-08
Last Modified:2022-08-24
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