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Forests 2016, 7(12), 316; doi:10.3390/f7120316

Effects of Different Ectomycorrhizal Fungal Inoculates on the Growth of Pinus tabulaeformis Seedlings under Greenhouse Conditions

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National Engineering Laboratory for Tree Breeding, Key Laboratory of Genetics and Breeding in Forest Trees and Ornamental Plants of Ministry of Education, College of Biological Sciences and Technology, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing 100083, China
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Institute of Desertification Studies, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Beijing 100091, China
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editors: Jarmo Holopainen and Timothy A. Martin
Received: 10 August 2016 / Revised: 22 November 2016 / Accepted: 1 December 2016 / Published: 14 December 2016
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Abstract

The tree species Pinus tabulaeformis Carr. (P. tabulaeformis) is commonly planted in China due to its economic and ecological value. In order to identify one or more ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungal species for future P. tabulaeformis afforestation, we investigated the effects of five ECM fungal species: Laccaria laccata, Boletus edulis, Gomphidius viscidus, Suillus grevillei, and Suillus luteus on the growth of P. tabulaeformis seedlings under greenhouse conditions. The growth parameters of P. tabulaeformis seedlings were evaluated 90 days following fungal colonisation. The majority of seedlings were significantly affected by ECM inoculation. Mycorrhizal inoculated seedlings were taller, had more lateral roots, and a greater biomass compared with the non-mycorrhizal (CK) seedlings. With the exception of G. viscidus, inoculated seedlings exhibited higher phosphorus, potassium, and nitrogen content compared with the CK seedlings. In addition, ECM colonisation increased the enzymatic activity of catalase, acidic phosphatase, protease, and the urease content in the rhizosphere soil. Our study showed that Laccaria laccata, Suillus grevillei, and Suillus luteus may be useful for improving the growth and cultivation of P. tabulaeformis seedlings. Furthermore, we observed that S. luteus inoculation increased the gas exchange parameters of P. tabulaeformis seedlings under field conditions. View Full-Text
Keywords: ecto-mycorrhizal fungi; enzymatic activity; Pinus tabulaeformis Carr.; seedling growth ecto-mycorrhizal fungi; enzymatic activity; Pinus tabulaeformis Carr.; seedling growth
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Lu, N.; Yu, M.; Cui, M.; Luo, Z.; Feng, Y.; Cao, S.; Sun, Y.; Li, Y. Effects of Different Ectomycorrhizal Fungal Inoculates on the Growth of Pinus tabulaeformis Seedlings under Greenhouse Conditions. Forests 2016, 7, 316.

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