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Mapping fungi from below ground: online genetic resources and ectomycorrhizal geographic distributions

MA Tse-Laurence (1)   , MI Bidartondo (2)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 4, Issue 6, Pages 252-255 (2011)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0599-008
Published: Dec 13, 2011 - Copyright © 2011 SISEF

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We used DNA sequences of 20 ectomycorrhizal fungal species obtained from roots in Britain and Germany to find location data within Europe for these fungi in the public DNA databases. These data were used to plot species presence on maps, environmental layers were laid over these maps, and information from those sites was extrapolated using geographic information systems. Through randomization tests the significant factors for each species from available data were tested. Similar methodology was used for fungal samples identified using morphology from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility to compare data quality and quantity. This analysis exposed the need for uniform methodology and greater distribution of sampling in order to create viable species distribution models for ectomycorrhizas.


GIS, Geographic Information Systems, Ectomycorrhiza, GenBank, Ribosomal DNA, Fungi

Authors’ address

MA Tse-Laurence
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond TW9 3DS (England)
MI Bidartondo
Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ (England)

Corresponding author

MA Tse-Laurence


Tse-Laurence MA, Bidartondo MI (2011). Mapping fungi from below ground: online genetic resources and ectomycorrhizal geographic distributions. iForest 4: 252-255. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0599-008

Academic Editor

Alberto Santini

Paper history

Received: Jun 15, 2011
Accepted: Sep 02, 2011

First online: Dec 13, 2011
Publication Date: Dec 13, 2011
Publication Time: 3.40 months

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