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Somatic Incompatibility in Ectomycorrhizas

  • A. Dahlberg


Describing and identifying fungal individuals, i.e. genetically unique mycelia, are key problems in studies of the evolutionary and population biology of ectomycorrhizal fungi. It is only recently that the concept of fungal individualism and methods to identify fungal individuals have been developed (Todd and Rayner 1980). A decade ago, we had little information about intraspecific somatic mycelial interactions within species and an almost complete lack of information regarding the structure and organization of fungal populations. Since then, however, somatic mycelial interactions have been studied in more than 100 fungal species, and the results applied to studies of population structure in almost 50 species (Rayner 1991; Glass and Kuldau 1992). Nevertheless, only a few such studies concern ectomycorrhizal fungi (Fries 1987; Dahlberg and Stenlid 1990, 1994).


Ectomycorrhizal Fungus Cenococcum Geophilum Paxillus Involutus Heterobasidion Annosum Ectomycorrhizal Species 
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  • A. Dahlberg
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  1. 1.Department of Forest Mycology and PathologySwedish University of Agriculture SciencesUppsalaSweden

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