Journal article

Revegetation technique changes root mycorrhizal colonisation and root fungal communities: the advantage of direct seeding over transplanting tube-stock in riparian ecosystems

Ana Bermudez-Contreras, Fiona Ede, Vicky Waymouth, Rebecca E Miller, Cristina Aponte

PLANT ECOLOGY | SPRINGER | Published : 2020

Abstract

Riparian ecosystems are among the most degraded worldwide as they are subject to a range of human-mediated disturbances at different scales. As riparian vegetation plays a key role in maintaining waterway and landscape health, restoration often focuses on promoting riparian vegetation re-establishment. The role of below-ground processes and agents in the process of revegetation is often overlooked even though agents like mycorrhizal fungi enhance seedling establishment and plant growth. In this study we aimed to understand whether colonisation by local mycorrhizal fungi can be advantageous to the early phases of plant establishment during revegetation, whether revegetation technique influenc..

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Grants

Awarded by VEAC (Victorian Environmental Assessment Council) through the Bill Borthwick Scholarship


Awarded by ESA (Ecological Society of Australia) through the Applied Forest Ecology Scholarship


Awarded by Mexicos CONACYT (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia)


Awarded by SENER (Secretaria de Energia)


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support of VEAC (Victorian Environmental Assessment Council) through the Bill Borthwick Scholarship, the ESA (Ecological Society of Australia) through the Applied Forest Ecology Scholarship, and Mexicos CONACYT (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia) and SENER (Secretaria de Energia) for funding the master programme of Ana Isabel Bermudez Contreras through Scholarship Number 617928.