Mycorrhizae and other root-associated fungal structures of the plants of a sandy grassland on the Great Hungarian Plain

Gábor M. Kovács, Csaba Szigetvári

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Abstract

The results of the studies of the mycorrhizae and other root-associated fungal structures of 87 plant species belonging to 29 different families originated from a strictly protected sandy grassland area of the Great Hungarian Plain are presented. Two-thirds of the studied species formed endomycorrhizae. Quantitative characteristics of the mycorrhizal colonization of their roots have been estimated. Considering the coenological features and the dominance relations of the plant community, the area is dominated by mycorrhizal plants. Only a few plants of the families considered as non-mycorrhizal groups have been colonized by mycorrhizal fungi. The annual species characteristic to the cold-season and to the dry-season subpessimum period are mostly non-mycorrhizal plants, this seems to be some separation in time from the mycorrhizal plants. Endogenous septate fungal hyphae and microsclerotium-like structures have been observed in the roots of the majority of the plants; this phenomenon is probably related to the stressful environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-223
Number of pages13
JournalPhyton - Annales Rei Botanicae
Volume42
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 20 2002

Keywords

  • Dark septate fungi
  • Great Hungarian Plain
  • Mycorrhizal status
  • Sandy grassland

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Physiology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Plant Science

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