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    Author(s): Erik A. Lilleskov; Thomas D. Bruns
    Date: 2005
    Source: Mycologia. 97(4): 762-769.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    Patterns of fungal spore dispersal affect gene flow, population structure and fungal community structure. Many Basidiomycota produce resupinate (crust-like) basidiocarps buried in the soil. Although spores are actively discharged, they often do not appear to be well positioned for aerial dispersal. We investigated the potential spore dispersal mechanisms of one exemplar of this growth form, Tomentella sublilacina. It is a widespread ectomycorrhizal fungus that sporulates in the soil organic horizon, can establish from the spore bank shortly after disturbance, but also can be a dominant species in mature forest stands. We investigated whether its spores could be dispersed via spore-based food webs.

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    Lilleskov, Erik A.; Bruns, Thomas D. 2005. Spore dispersal of a resupinate ectomycorrhizal fungus, Tomentella sublilacina, via soil food webs. Mycologia. 97(4): 762-769.


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