Javascript is not activated in your browser. This website needs javascript activated to work properly.
You are here

Production of ectomycorrhizal mycelium peaks during canopy closure in Norway spruce forests.

  • Håkan Wallander
  • Ulf Johansson
  • Erica Sterkenburg
  • Mikael Brandström Durling
  • Björn D Lindahl
Publishing year: 2010
Language: English
Pages: 1124-1134
Publication/Series: New Phytologist
Volume: 187
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Abstract english

Summary *Here, species composition and biomass production of actively growing ectomycorrhizal (EM) mycelia were studied over the rotation period of managed Norway spruce (Picea abies) stands in south-western Sweden. *The EM mycelia were collected using ingrowth mesh bags incubated in the forest soil during one growing season. Fungal biomass was estimated by ergosterol analysis and the EM species were identified by 454 sequencing of internal transcribed spacer (ITS) amplicons. Nutrient availability and the fungal biomass in soil samples were also estimated. *Biomass production peaked in young stands (10-30 yr old) before the first thinning phase. Tylospora fibrillosa dominated the EM community, especially in these young stands, where it constituted 80% of the EM amplicons derived from the mesh bags. Species richness increased in older stands. *The establishment of EM mycelial networks in young Norway spruce stands requires large amounts of carbon, while much less is needed to sustain the EM community in older stands. The variation in EM biomass production over the rotation period has implications for carbon sequestration rates in forest soils.


  • Biological Sciences


  • Ectomycorrhizal fungi and nutrient mobilisation
  • Microbial Ecology
  • ISSN: 1469-8137
Håkan Wallander
E-mail: hakan [dot] wallander [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se



+46 46 222 37 59