Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi of Ammophila arenaria (L.) Link: Spore abundance and root colonisation in six locations of the European coast

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dc.contributor.author Rodriguez-Echeverria, S.
dc.contributor.author Hol, W. H. G.
dc.contributor.author Freitas, H.
dc.contributor.author Eason, W. R.
dc.contributor.author Cook, R.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T10:28:20Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T10:28:20Z
dc.date.issued 2008-02
dc.identifier.citation Rodriguez-Echeverria , S , Hol , W H G , Freitas , H , Eason , W R & Cook , R 2008 , ' Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi of Ammophila arenaria (L.) Link: Spore abundance and root colonisation in six locations of the European coast ' European Journal of Soil Biology , vol 44 , no. 1 , pp. 30-36 . , 10.1016/j.ejsobi.2007.01.003 en
dc.identifier.other PURE: 105581
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/2449
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/2449
dc.description Rodriguez-Echeverria, S., Hol, W. H. G., Freitas, H., Eason, W. R., Cook, R. (2008). Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi of Ammophila arenaria (L.) Link. Spore abundance and root colonisation in six locations of the European coast.  European Journal of Soil Biology, 44, (1), 30-36. Sponsorship: Research Training Network program of the European Union On file IMPF: 00.89 RONO: 2430 6736 en
dc.description.abstract Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are common organisms in the rhizosphere of plants in coastal sand dunes where they play a key role in the establishment, growth and survival of plants. This study presents a quantitative analysis of the AMF associated with Ammophila arenaria, the most important sand-fixing species in the foredunes of Europe, in six locations along the western European coast. Spore abundance and root colonisation by AMF were estimated in July 2003, October 2003 and April 2004. The number of spores varied significantly with time and location. A clear peak of sporulation in autumn was found for three of the northern sites, but no pattern was detected in the southern sites. Root colonisation showed no seasonal pattern, despite differences between sampling times. Both hyphal coils and arbuscules were observed inside the roots, indicating colonisation by more than one AMF species. No correlation was found between root colonisation and spore number, or between AMF abundance and soil fertility. We conclude that: (a) spore production is driven by climatic conditions in the studied northern sites and by plant phenology in the studied southern sites; and that (b) root colonisation is independent of climate, phenology and soil fertility in the studied locations. en
dc.format.extent 7 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof European Journal of Soil Biology en
dc.subject Seasonal variation en
dc.subject Mediterranean climate en
dc.subject Root colonisation en
dc.subject Ammophila arenaria en
dc.subject Sand dunes en
dc.subject Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi en
dc.title Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi of Ammophila arenaria (L.) Link: Spore abundance and root colonisation in six locations of the European coast en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejsobi.2007.01.003
dc.contributor.institution Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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