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Species level patterns in C-13 and N-15 abundance of ectomycorrhizal and saprotrophic fungal sporocarps

Taylor AFS, Fransson PM, Hogberg P, Hogberg MN, Plamboeck AH


TheNatural abundance of C-13 (delta(13)C) and N-15 (delta(15)N) of saprotrophic and ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungi has been investigated on aNumber of occasions, but the significance of observed differences within and between the two trophic groups remains unclear. Here, we examine the influence of taxonomy, site, host and time upon isotopic data from 135 fungal speciesCollected at two forest sites in Sweden. Mean delta(13)C and delta(15)N values differed significantly between ECM and saprotrophic fungi, with only a small degree of overlap even at the species level. Among ECM fungi, intraspecific variation in delta(15)N was lowCompared with interspecific and intergeneric variation. Significant variation due to site, year and host association was found. At broad scales aNumber of factorsClearly influence delta(13)C and delta(15)N values making interpretation problematic. We suggest that values are essentially site-specific within the two trophic groups, but that species-level patterns exist potentially reflecting ecophysiological attributes of species. The species is therefore highlighted as the taxonomic level at which most information may be obtained from fungal delta(13)C and delta(15)N data


fungal diversity; functional groups; nutrient cycling; ectomycorrhizal ECM) fungi; saprotrophic fungi; stable isotopes

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New Phytologist
2003, Volym: 159, nummer: 3, sidor: 757-774