Plant and Soil

, Volume 328, Issue 1–2, pp 145–154 | Cite as

Laccaria bicolor S238N improves Scots pine mineral nutrition by increasing root nutrient uptake from soil minerals but does not increase mineral weathering

  • Calvaruso Christophe
  • Turpault Marie-Pierre
  • Uroz Stéphane
  • Leclerc Elisabeth
  • Kies Antoine
  • Frey-Klett Pascale
Regular Article


The role of ectomycorrhizal fungi on mineral nutrient mobilization and uptake is crucial for tree nutrition and growth in temperate forest ecosystems. By using a “mineral weathering budget” approach, this study aims to quantify the effect of the symbiosis with the ectomycorrhizal model strain Laccaria bicolor S238N on mineral weathering and tree nutrition, carrying out a column experiment with a quartz/biotite substrate. Each column was planted with one Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) non-mycorrhizal or mycorrhizal with L. bicolor, with exception of the abiotic control treatment. The columns were continuously supplied with a nutrient-poor solution. A mineral weathering budget was calculated for K and Mg. The pine shoot growth was significantly increased (73%) when plants were mycorrhizal with L. bicolor. Whatever their mycorrhizal status, pines increased mineral weathering by factors 1.5 to 2.1. No difference between non-mycorrhizal and mycorrhizal pine treatments was revealed, however, mycorrhizal pines assimilated significantly more K and Mg. This suggests that in our experimental conditions, L. bicolor S238N improved shoot growth and K and Mg assimilation in Scots pine mainly by increasing the uptake of dissolved nutrients, linked to a better exploration and exploitation of the soil by the mycorrhizal roots.


Ectomycorrhiza Laccaria bicolor S238N Scots pine Mineral weathering Biotite Nutrient uptake 



We acknowledge K. Bateman for review of the English language, A. Kohler, G. Nourrisson, J.L. Churin, and P. Vion for technical help. This work was supported by the Andra (Agence nationale pour la gestion des déchets radioactifs) and by the Lorraine Region.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Calvaruso Christophe
    • 1
    • 4
  • Turpault Marie-Pierre
    • 1
  • Uroz Stéphane
    • 2
  • Leclerc Elisabeth
    • 3
  • Kies Antoine
    • 4
  • Frey-Klett Pascale
    • 2
  1. 1.INRA, UR1138 “Biogéochimie des Ecosystèmes Forestiers”, Centre de NancyChampenouxFrance
  2. 2.INRA-UHP, UMR1136 “Interactions Arbres-Microorganismes”, Centre de NancyChampenouxFrance
  3. 3.Andra, Direction Scientifique/Service TransfertsChâtenay-MalabryFrance
  4. 4.Université du Luxembourg “Physique des Radiations”LuxembourgLuxembourg

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