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Ectomycorrhizal formation by micropropagated clones of Eucalyptus marginata inoculated with isolates of Pisolithus tinctorius

Tonkin, C.M., Malajczuk, N. and McComb, J.A. (1989) Ectomycorrhizal formation by micropropagated clones of Eucalyptus marginata inoculated with isolates of Pisolithus tinctorius. New Phytologist, 111 (2). pp. 209-214.

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Abstract

Eucalyptus marginata Donn ex Sm. and Pisolithus tinctorius (Pers.) Cok and Couch were co-cultured to obtain ectomycorrhizal formation in vitro. One isolate of P. tinctorius formed mycorrhizas with aseptic seedlings of a juvenile clone derived from a 4-month-old seedling, and four clones derived from crowns of mature trees. A second P. tinctorius isolate formed mycorrhizas with only the clones from mature trees. Successful combinations resulted in formation of a mantle followed by a Hartig net and epidermal cell elongation. The fungal/seedlings or fungal/seedling clone combinations which did not produce ectomycorrhizal roots, were characterized by a mantle but lacked a Hartig net, and formed an abundance of polyphenols throughout the root. Genotype, maturity and fungal specificity are key factors influencing successful ectomycorrhizal formation on E. marginata by P. tinctorius in vitro.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/16497
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