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Survival and Growth of Container-Grown and Bare-Root Shortleaf Pine Seedlings with Pisolithus and Thelephora Ectomycorrhizae

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Abstract:

Bare-root and container-grown shortleaf pine (Pinus echinata Mill.) seedlings with Pisolithus tinctorius and Thelephora terrestris ectomycorrhizae were outplanted on two reforestation sites on the Ouachita National Forest. On the better site, survival and growth of containerized seedlings were better than that of bare-root seedlings. On the poorer site, the reverse was true. Mycorrhizal treatment provided no consistent advantage for survival and growth for containerized seedlings. However, bare-root seedlings with half or more of their ectomycorrhizae formed by P. tinctorius before planting had greater survival and growth on both sites than seedlings with lesser amounts of Pisolithus ectomycorrhizae. The difference in mycorrhizal treatments among containerized and bareroot seedlings are discussed.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Plant Pathologist, USDA Forest Service, Southern Forest Experiment Station, Alexandria Forestry Center, Pineville, Louisiana

Publication date: 1981-02-01

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