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The elemental content in the mycelium of the ectomycorrhizal fungus Piloderma sp during the colonization of hardened wood ash

  • David Hagerberg
  • Jan Pallon
  • Håkan Wallander
Publishing year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 387-392
Publication/Series: Mycorrhiza
Volume: 15
Issue: 6
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Springer
Additional info: The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Nuclear Physics (Faculty of Technology) (011013007), MEMEG (432112240), Quaternary Sciences (011006008)

Abstract english

Piloderma sp., a wood ash-colonizing ectomycorrhizal (EM) fungus, was grown symbiotically with Norway spruce in microcosms which contained granules of hardened wood ash. Mycelium close to the granules was sampled 3 times over a period of 11 weeks and the elemental content was investigated with particle induced X-ray emission. Mycelium from microcosms without wood ash was used as controls. The contents of P and K were similar in mycelium growing close to wood ash granules to those in control mycelium, while the Ca content increased from 23 +/- 21 mg g(-1) in controls to 63 +/- 8 mg g(-1) in mycelium growing close to wood ash granules. The Ca content was also increased in other parts of the mycelium more distant from the wood ash. Piloderma sp. may have a role in the short-term storage of Ca released from wood ash, rather than in releasing and storing P.


  • Subatomic Physics
  • Biological Sciences


  • Nuclear Microprobe-lup-obsolete
  • Microbial Ecology
  • ISSN: 1432-1890
Håkan Wallander
E-mail: hakan [dot] wallander [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se



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