Taxonomic and functional characterisation of fungi from the Sebacina vermifera complex from common and rare orchids in the genus Caladenia
Magali M Wright, Rob Cross, Roger D Cousens, Tom W May, Cassandra B McLean
MYCORRHIZA | SPRINGER | Published : 2010
The terrestrial orchid genus Caladenia contains many species which are threatened with extinction. They have highly specific associations with Sebacina vermifera and closely related fungi, and conservation of these terrestrial orchids, in part, relies on symbiotic propagation to produce plants for reintroduction and ex situ conservation collections. However, little is known of the diversity of mycorrhizal fungi associating with natural populations. Here, restriction fragment polymorphism analysis, internal transcribed spacer and nuclear large subunit sequencing and symbiotic seed germination were used to investigate the taxonomic and functional diversity of fungal isolates from single popula..View full abstract
We would like to acknowledge the technical assistance of Sascha Andrusiak and Tina Gilbertson. This study was supported by funding from the Department of Sustainability and Environment Victoria and the Natural Heritage Trust. We dedicate this paper to the memory of Cassandra McLean.