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RMRS-RP-47: Roles of woody root-associated fungi in forest ecosystem processes: recent advances in fungal identification


Hoff, Jill A.; Klopfenstein, Ned B.; Tonn, Jonalea R.; McDonald, Geral I.; Zambino, Paul J.; Rogers, Jack D.; Peever, Tobin L.; Carris, Lori M. 2004. Roles of woody root-associated fungi in forest ecosystem processes: recent advances in fungal identification. Res. Pap. RMRS-RP-47. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 6 p.

Interactions between fungi and woody roots may be critical factors that influence diverse forest ecosystems pro-cesses, such as wood decay (nutrient recycling); root diseases and their biological control; and endophytic, ep-iphytic, and mycorrhizal symbioses. However, few studies have characterized the diversity and the spatial and temporal distribution of woody root-associated fungi in forest ecosystems. Molecular genetic techniques that facil-itate fungal identification are now available to help investigate complex and dynamic interactions of these fungi.

Key Words: Ascomycetes, Basidiomycetes, fungi, endophyte, polymerase chain reaction, root rot, Zygomycetes.


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Title: RMRS-RP-47: Roles of woody root-associated fungi in forest ecosystem processes: recent advances in fungal identification
Electronic Publish Date: June 2, 2004
Last Update:
January 15, 2010

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