Waiting for fungi : the ectomycorrhizal invasion of lowland heathlands

@inproceedings{Collier2009WaitingFF,
  title={Waiting for fungi : the ectomycorrhizal invasion of lowland heathlands},
  author={Fay A. Collier and Martin Bidartondo},
  year={2009}
}
1. In England, the loss of lowland heathland, a habitat of global conservation importance, is primarily due to the invasion of birch and pine. This encroachment has been researched in depth from a plant perspective but little is known about the role of mycorrhizal fungi. In lowland heathlands the resident dwarf shrubs form ericoid mycorrhizas whereas invading trees form ectomycorrhizas. Therefore, tree encroachment into heathlands can be regarded as the replacement of a resident mycorrhizal… CONTINUE READING