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TEMPERATURE-RESPIRATION RELATIONSHIPS DIFFER IN MYCORRHIZAL AND NON-MYCORRHIZAL ROOT SYSTEMS OF PICEA ABIES (L.) KARST.

Citation:

KOCH, N., C. P. ANDERSEN, S. RAIDL, R. AGERER, R. MATYSSEK, AND T. E. GRAMS. TEMPERATURE-RESPIRATION RELATIONSHIPS DIFFER IN MYCORRHIZAL AND NON-MYCORRHIZAL ROOT SYSTEMS OF PICEA ABIES (L.) KARST. Plant Biology. Georg Thieme Verlag , Stuttgart, Germany, 9:545-549, (2007).

Impact/Purpose:

To better understand the effects of mycorrhization when modeling the temperature sensitivity of root systems

Description:

Root respiration has been shown to increase with temperature, but less is known about how this relation ship is affected by the fungal partner in mycorrhizal root systems. In order to test respiratory temperature dependence, in particular Q10 of mycorrhizal and non-mycorrhizal root systems, seedlings of Picea abies (L.) Karst. (Norway spruce) were inoculated with the ectomycorrhizal fungus Piloderma croceum (Eriksson and Njortstam, SR430; synonym: Piloderma fallax: [Libert] Stalpers) and planted in soil respiration cuvettes (mycocosms). Temperature dependence of hyphal respiration in sterile cultures was determined and compared with respiration of mycorrhizal roots. Respiration rates of mycorrhizal and non-mycorrhizal root systems as well as sterile cultures were sensitive to temperature. Q10 of mycorrhizal root systems of 3.0±0.1 was significantly higher than that of non-mycorrhizal systems (2.5±0.2). Q10 of P croceum in sterile cultures (older than 2 months) was similar to that of mycorrhizal root systems, suggesting that mycorrhizae may have a larger influence on the temperature sensitivity of roots in spite of their small biomass. Our results stress the importance of considering mycorrhization when modeling the temperature sensitivity of spruce roots.

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Product Published Date: 02/15/2007
Record Last Revised: 09/04/2007
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 140167

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LABORATORY

WESTERN ECOLOGY DIVISION

WATERSHED ECOLOGY BRANCH