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Sabine Ravnskov

Succession of root-associated fungi in Pisum sativum during a plant growth cycle as examined by 454 pyrosequencing

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Purpose Roots are inhabited by a broad range of
fungi, including pathogens and mycorrhizal fungi, with functional traits related to plant health and nutrition. Management of these fungi in agroecosystems requires profound knowledge about their ecology. The main objective of this study was to examine succession patterns of root-associated fungi in pea during a full plant growth cycle.
Methods Plants were grown in pots with field soil in a growth chamber under controlled conditions. Fungal communities in pea roots were analyzed at different plant growth stages including the vegetative growth, flowering and senescence, using 454 pyrosequencing.
Results One hundred and twenty one non-singleton operational taxonomic units (OTUs) representing fungal species were detected. Pathogenic and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi dominated during the vegetative growth stage, whereas saprotrophic fungi dominated during plant senescence.
Conclusions In conclusion, the results from the present study demonstrated highly diverse fungal communities in pea roots with clear succession patterns related to fungal traits.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPlant and Soil
Pages (from-to)225-233
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Research areas

  • fungal diversity, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, pathogens, Pisum sativum

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