The effect of stand age on ectomycorrhizal biodiversity in Uganda

Keighley, Jennifer (2012) The effect of stand age on ectomycorrhizal biodiversity in Uganda. Masters dissertation, University of Cumbria. Item availability may be restricted.

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In Ugandan pine plantation nurseries, forest topsoil from mature stands is incorporated into the seed potting mixture to inoculate the soil with the ectomycorrhizal fungi (ECM) that are essential for seedling development. Biodiversity of ECM is thought to be positively correlated with host tree age (Kranabetter et al., Twieg et al., 2007). This would suggest that forest soil from older pine stands may make a more effective seedling inoculant, as higher ECM biodiversity in the soil could increase the probability of the seedling coming into contact with a desirable partner fungus. This project aimed to explore this relationship be determining ECM biodiversity through epigeal sporocarp surveys in pine stands of varying age across southern Uganda.

Item Type: Thesis/Dissertation (Masters)
Departments: Academic Departments > Science, Natural Resources & Outdoor Studies (SNROS) > Outdoor Studies
Additional Information: Dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the MSc Forest Ecosystem Management, Faculty of Science and Natural Resources, University of Cumbria, August 2012.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2023 09:45
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 11:00
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