Thesis / Dissertation

Coastal mycology: boundary conditions for arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi in incipient sand dunes

Lynda Michelle Lever, David M Kennedy (ed.)

Published : 2018

Abstract

Little is known about the relationship between the colonization by arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi in grasses in the ephemeral environment of incipient sand dunes. Yet, consideration of dune vegetation without including the soil biota in the substrate, means that a significant biological component of the dune system is ignored. Ephemeral incipient dunes are an extreme and environmentally stressful ecosystem, encountering strong and salt-laden winds, sea water overwash, and low nutrients and these dunes are subject to a frequency and magnitude of storm action that foredunes are not. Incipient dunes represent a challenging opportunity in which to add to our understanding of coastal AM fungal..

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