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Field performance of Eucalyptus urophylla inoculated with an introduced and idigenous strains of Pisolithus at three sites in the Philippines

Aggangan, N.S., Dell, B., Malajczuk, N. and De, L. (1998) Field performance of Eucalyptus urophylla inoculated with an introduced and idigenous strains of Pisolithus at three sites in the Philippines. In: Overcoming impediments to reforestation : tropical forest rehabilitation in the Asia-Pacific region, proceedings of the 6th International Workshop of Bio-Refor, 2 - 5 December 1997, Brisbane, QLD, Australia pp. 145-148.

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Abstract

The effectiveness of an isolate of Pisolithus from Australia was compared with a Philippine Pisolithus isolate in promoting the growth of Eucalyptus urophylla on three acid (pH 4.1-5.9, 0.005M CaCl2) sites in the Philippines (Pangasinan, Bukidnon and Surigao). Isolates of Pisolithus were taken from basidiocarps collected under eucalypts growing in Western Australia and from the Philippines. Generally, the introduced Pisolithus promoted greater wood volume of E. urophylla planted in dry marginal land (Pangasinan) and in moist logged-over area (Surigao) in the Philippines than the Philippine Pisolithus isolate. Root colonization by the two fungi did not vary but there was a difference in the root colonization levels between sites implying that the prevailing microclimatic conditions on each site had affected the performance of the ECM inoculants. In this study, the number of isolates tested was limited, thus, future field trials should include a wider range of ectomycorrhizal fungi. Further work is required to determine whether the growth responses measured at the two sites (Pangasinan and Surigao) are maintained until the trees are harvested.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Publisher: BIO-REFOR
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/23760
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