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Assemblages of fungi associated with cork oak forests in northwestern Tunisia

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The cork oak forests of Aïn Draham in northwestern Tunisia are characterized by a rich biodiversity of fungi, including edible, non-edible and toxic species. Sporocarps of 117 species of macrofungi collected from the forests of Jbel el Bir at different elevations were found to represent 26 families of the Agaricomycotina. Selected taxa are described herein, along with information on edibility and ecological importance. Among these there were 33 species of ectomycorrhizal fungi, 10 species of saprotrophic fungi and one species that is parasitic. Molecular identification of fungi from cork oak root-tips revealed the presence of such ectomycorrhizal species as Amanita rubescens, Laccaria bicolor, Lactarius subumbonatus, Cortinarius incisus, and Xerocomus rubellus along with a taxon identified only to genus level as Clavulina sp. Other taxa recorded from the rhizosphere of cork oak included Mortierellales and other mitosporic fungi (e. g., Sarcopodium circinatum).
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2017

This article was made available online on September 23, 2016 as a Fast Track article with title: "Assemblages of fungi associated with cork oak forests in northwestern Tunisia".

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  • Nova Hedwigia is an international journal publishing original, peer-reviewed papers on current issues of taxonomy, morphology, ultrastructure and ecology of all groups of cryptogamic plants, including cyanophytes/cyanobacteria and fungi. The half-tone plates in Nova Hedwigia are known for their high quality, which makes them especially suitable for the reproduction of photomicrographs and scanning and transmission electron micrographs.
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