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Ectomycorrhizal fungal community associated with autochthonous white poplar from Serbia

Marina Katanić (1)   , Tine Grebenc (2), Saša Orlović (1), Milan Matavuly (3), Branislav Kovačević (1), Marko Bajc (2), Hojka Kraigher (2)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 9, Issue 2, Pages 330-336 (2015)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor1370-008
Published: Nov 12, 2015 - Copyright © 2015 SISEF

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We analyzed the community of ectomycorrhizal fungi of an autochthonous white poplar (Populus alba L.) stand in the Kovilj-Petrovaradin marshes (Serbia), and examined its seasonal dynamics. Ectomycorrhizal types were identified by combining morphological and anatomical descriptions with molecular methods (sequencing of ITS region of ribosomal DNA). In two seasons, 20 ectomycorrhizal types were recorded, from which 11 types were identified to the species level, six were determined to the genus level, two types were determined to the family level and one type remained unidentified. Number of ectomycorrhizal types, number of fine roots, percentage of vital mycorrhizal roots, diversity indexes and abundance of exploration types did not differ significantly between autumn and spring. During both seasons, the most abundant types were: Entoloma sp., Tuber maculatum, Cenococcum geophilum, Tuber rufum and Peziza sp. Due to the high variation of the ectomycorrhizal types-based Shannon-Weaver diversity index in poplar stands, and the fact that poplars form dual mycorrhizal association, this index is not recommended as a reliable index for bioindication in poplar.


Ectomycorrhiza, Populus alba, Diversity, Nature Reserve, Seasonal Dynamics, Morphological-Anatomical Characterization, Molecular Identification

Authors’ address

Marina Katanić
Saša Orlović
Branislav Kovačević
University of Novi Sad, Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment, Antona Cehova 13, 21000 Novi Sad (Serbia)
Tine Grebenc
Marko Bajc
Hojka Kraigher
Slovenian Forestry Institute, Večna pot 2, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Milan Matavuly
European University, Faculty of Pharmacy, Trg mladenaca 5, 21000 Novi Sad (Serbia)

Corresponding author

Marina Katanić


Katanić M, Grebenc T, Orlović S, Matavuly M, Kovačević B, Bajc M, Kraigher H (2015). Ectomycorrhizal fungal community associated with autochthonous white poplar from Serbia. iForest 9: 330-336. - doi: 10.3832/ifor1370-008

Academic Editor

Paola Mairota

Paper history

Received: Jun 04, 2014
Accepted: Jul 10, 2015

First online: Nov 12, 2015
Publication Date: Apr 26, 2016
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