Host specificity in ectomycorrhizal communities: what do the exceptions tell us?

  title={Host specificity in ectomycorrhizal communities: what do the exceptions tell us?},
  author={Thomas D. Bruns and Martin Bidartondo and D Lee Taylor},
  journal={Integrative and comparative biology},
  volume={42 2},
Classic ectomycorrhizal symbioses are mutualisms that involve the exchange of fixed carbon for mineral nutrients between plant roots and fungi. They are unique in the way they contain features of both intimate and diffuse symbioses. The degree of host specificity varies, particularly among the fungi. Here we examine two exceptional cases of specificity to see what they tell us about the advantages of specificity, how it is initiated, and the potential role that it plays in complex ecosystems… CONTINUE READING
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