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Foliar fungi of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris)

Millberg, Hanna (2015). Foliar fungi of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris). Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Uppsala : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2015:111
ISBN 978-91-576-8420-2
eISBN 978-91-576-8421-9
[Doctoral thesis]

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Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) is an ecologically and economically important tree species in Fennoscandia. Scots pine needles host a variety of fungi, some with the potential to profoundly influence their host. These fungi can have beneficial or detrimental effects with important implications for both forest health and primary production. In this thesis, the foliar fungi of Scots pine needles were investigated with the aim of exploring spatial and temporal patterns, and development with needle age and health status.

Using 454 sequencing, diverse fungal communities were detected from Scots pine needles sampled along latitudinal and altitudinal gradients in Sweden and from forests along the Lithuanian coast. Latitude and altitude, as well as the forest edge, were found to influence the fungal community. Needle age and needle heath status affected the fungal community, while OTU (operational taxonomic unit) richness increased with needle age and in symptomatic needles. In addition, Dothistroma needle blight (DNB) was examined under Nordic conditions on seedlings of Scots pine and Lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta). The disease development of DNB was found to be comparable to what has been reported in studies from Europe and New Zealand.

Findings in this thesis show that the fungal community associated with Scots pine needles is species rich, but the majority of these fungi have unknown ecological roles. Our results contribute to the understanding of spatial variability and dynamics of these fungi, which is important for better understanding of their potential effect on ecosystem processes.

Authors/Creators:Millberg, Hanna
Title:Foliar fungi of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2015
Depositing date:8 October 2015
Number of Pages:50
IMillberg H., Boberg J., Stenlid J. (2015). Changes in fungal community of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) needles along a latitudinal gradient in Sweden. Fungal Ecology 17, 126-139.
IIMillberg H., Boberg J., Bakys R., Stenld J. Edge effects on fungi of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) needles at the Lithuanian coast. (manuscript)
IIIMillberg H., Boberg J., Gadjieva R., Stenlid J. Influence of altitude and needle age on foliar fungal communities associated with Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris). (manuscript)
IVMillberg H., Anna JM Hopkins AJM., Boberg J., Davydenko K., Stenlid J. Disease development of Dothistroma needle blight in seedlings of Pinus sylvestris and Pinus contorta under Nordic conditions. Forest Pathology. (In press)
Place of Publication:Uppsala
Publisher:Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-8420-2
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-576-8421-9
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:K Forestry > K70 Forest injuries and protection
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Agrovoc terms:pinus sylvestris, forest trees, leaves, fungal diseases, fungi, mycosphaerella, lophodermium, ecology, sweden
Keywords:Scots pine, needles, fungal community, pathogen, endophyte, Dothistroma, Lophodermium
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ID Code:12683
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology
(S) > Dept. of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology
Deposited By: Hanna Millberg
Deposited On:09 Oct 2015 07:00
Metadata Last Modified:10 Sep 2020 13:41

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