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Ectomycorrhizal fungal community in mature white poplar plantation

Marina Milović (1)   , Saša Orlović (1), Tine Grebenc (2), Marko Bajc (2), Branislav Kovačević (1), Hojka Kraigher (2)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 14, Issue 6, Pages 540-547 (2021)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor3827-014
Published: Nov 26, 2021 - Copyright © 2021 SISEF

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Ectomycorrhizal communities are rarely studied on seasonal basis, especially in poplar plantations. In this study we analysed the ectomycorrhizal community in a mature twenty-year-old white poplar (Populus alba L.) plantation during four consecutive seasons. Using morpho-anatomical and molecular identification 30 taxa of ectomycorrhizal fungi were recorded of which 15 were identified to the species level, 12 to the genus level, 2 to the family, and one morphotype of ectomycorrhizae remained unidentified. The most abundant among identified ectomycorrhizal fungi were: Inocybe griseovelata, Inocybe splendens, Tuber rufum, and Tomentella sp. 2, which together represented up to 50% of all ectomycorrhizal root tips. The number of ectomycorrhizal fungal taxa and the percentage of vital ectomycorrhizal root tips were highest in winter and spring, respectively. The diversity indices of ectomycorrhizae, number of vital ectomycorrhizal root tips, and total fine roots in the studied poplar plantation did not differ between seasons. Ectomycorrhizal fungi belonging to Inocybaceae family and the short-distance exploration strategy were dominant in all four seasons. On the other hand, the abundance of ectomycorrhizal root tips belonging to the medium-distance exploration strategy type was significantly higher in spring in comparison with autumn and winter.


Populus alba L., Ectomycorrhizal Diversity, Morpho-anatomical Characterization, Molecular Identification, Seasons

Authors’ address

Marina Milović 0000-0003-2993-1637
Saša Orlović 0000-0002-2724-1862
Branislav Kovačević 0000-0002-9125-0659
University of Novi Sad, Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment, Antona Cehova 13, 21000 Novi Sad (Serbia)
Tine Grebenc 0000-0003-4035-8587
Marko Bajc
Hojka Kraigher 0000-0001-5696-2178
Slovenian Forestry Institute, Večna pot 2, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Corresponding author

Marina Milović


Milović M, Orlović S, Grebenc T, Bajc M, Kovačević B, Kraigher H (2021). Ectomycorrhizal fungal community in mature white poplar plantation. iForest 14: 540-547. - doi: 10.3832/ifor3827-014

Academic Editor

Maurizio Ventura

Paper history

Received: Mar 26, 2021
Accepted: Sep 24, 2021

First online: Nov 26, 2021
Publication Date: Dec 31, 2021
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