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Inoculation of Three Quercus Species with Eleven Isolates of Ectomycorrhizal Fungi. I. Inoculation Success and Seedling Growth Relationships

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Container-grown Quercus robur, Q. velutina, and Q. alba seedlings were inoculated with vegetative mycelium of five isolates of Pisolithus tinctorius, three isolates of Suillus granulatus, and one each of Cenococcum geophilum, Thelephora terrestris, and Suillus luteus. Isolates of P. tinctorius, T. terrestris, and S. luteus were most consistent in colonization success within a tree species, whereas inoculation with S. granulatus resulted in relatively poor colonization. In general, shoot length, root and shoot dry weights, and leaf area of Quercus seedlings with abundant ectomycorrhizae were significantly greater than for seedlings with few ectomycorrhizae. Pisolithus tinctorius, S. luteus, and T. terrestris stimulated significant positive seedling growth responses in all three tree species. Successful inoculation with all eleven fungal isolates indicates the potential for artificial establishment of selected ectomycorrhizal fungi on container-grown Quercus seedlings. Forest Sci. 30:364-372.
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Keywords: Cenococcum geophilum; Pisolithus tinctorius; Quercus alba; Quercus robur; Quercus velutina; Suillus granulatus; Suillus luteus; Thelephora terrestris; container-grown oak

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Principal Silviculturist and Project Leader, USDA Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station, Columbia, MO 65211

Publication date: 1984-06-01

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