Symbioses: Plant, Animal, and Microbe Interactions
Southworth, Darlene , Frank, Jonathan .
Listening to roots: a new mycorrhizal fungus on Cercocarpus (Rosaceae).
Mycorrhizal assemblages characterized by molecular data frequently differ from collections of mycorrhizal sporocarps at the same site. Geopora (earth pore) species are frequent mycobionts of ectomycorrhizal roots, but except for G. cooperi, they rarely match species by molecular methods. Among the mycobionts of ectomycorrhizas with curl-leaf mountain mahogany, Cercocarpus ledifolius (Rosaceae), was a fungal species with a 91% BLAST match to G.arenicola. To determine the species of Geopora,we surveyed for hypogeous sporocarps under C.ledifolius at sites in southern Oregon where the Geopora mycorrhizas had been collected and identified by DNA sequences of the ITS region. We found sporocarps of a Geopora species with 100% BLAST match to the mycorrhizas. Morphological characters of a white hymenium, inrolled entire margin, and large spores, along with a hypogeous habit and a mycorrhizal host of C. ledifolius distinguished these specimens from described species. We describe a new species, Geopora cercocarpi.
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1 - Department Of Biology, 866 Blaine St, Ashland, OR, 97520, USA
2 - Southern Oregon University, Biology, Ashland, OR, 97520, USA
Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Topics
Location: Portland Room/Chase Park Plaza
Date: Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
Time: 4:45 PM