Madsen, Thomas .
Liverwort/basidiomycete mycorrhizae and directions for future research.
Mycorrhizal mutualisms are widespread among the land plants, and most liverwort mycorrhizae have been assumed to be mutualistic. However, an increasing body of literature suggests that several clades of liverworts may be exploiting fungal carbon. High specificity of mycorrhizal relationships, along with phylogenetic identity of liverwort and fungal taxa suggest mixotrophy among several families of leafy and thalloid liverworts. Additional studies of stable isotopes, axenic/symbiotic cultures, and phylogeny are needed in order to investigate the functional, ecological and evolutionary significance of these mycorrhizal associations. Widespread mixotrophy would have important implications for evolution, ecology, and conservation of liverworts and therefore represents an important avenue for further research.
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1 - UC Berkeley, Integrative Biology, 3060 Valley Life Sciences Bldg #3140, Berkeley, CA, 94720-3140, USA
Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for BSA Sections
Location: Cottonwood C/Snowbird Center
Date: Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
Time: 3:45 PM