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Ectomycorrhizas and climate change

Pickles, B. J. ORCID:, Egger, K. N., Massicotte, H. B. and Green, D. S. (2012) Ectomycorrhizas and climate change. Fungal Ecology, 5 (1). pp. 73-84. ISSN 1754-5048

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.funeco.2011.08.009


Climate changes have important consequences for plant communities and their root symbionts. The distribution of tree species within temperate, boreal and tropical biomes will be altered, as palaeoecological studies have demonstrated for previous climate change events. Predicted effects on ectomycorrhizal (ECM) associations include migration of host and symbiont, modification of interactions between plant and fungal species, and changes in the contribution of both partners to the global carbon cycle. Anthropogenic factors introduce new variables, affecting the ability of tree species and their fungal associates to disperse in response to climate change. Here we focus on how ECM fungi and their hosts respond to atmospheric CO2 enrichment, increasing temperatures, nutrient addition, species invasions, loss of biodiversity and anthropogenic land-use changes, particularly silviculture. All of these factors are key to understanding the impacts of climate change on the ECM symbiosis, and relevant future topics of research are presented.

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Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences > Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
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