Community Structure of Ectomycorrhizal Fungal communities Colonizing Quercus spp. in Limestone Areas of Korea

Jong-Chul Lee1   Hyeok Park1   Ahn-Heum Eom1,*   

1Department of Biology Education, Korea National University of Education, Cheongju 28173, Korea


In this study, we analyzed the diversity of ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungal communities of Quercus spp. roots in the limestone area. We identified 45 generd of ECM using next generation sequencing (NGS) analysis. Soil chemical composition analysis confirmed soil pH, substitution calcium concentration, total nitrogen content, organic phosphate, and organic matter content. Shannon’s Index was calculated according to the changes in soil chemical composition. The results of cluster analysis showed that Sebacina, Tomentella, Tuber, Densospora, Inocybe, Suillus, and Piloderma were the main genera of symbiotic ECM fungi that thrived in soil with high pH and calcium content.

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Fig. 1. Map of collection site in this study. It was selected as the areas with a forest pH of 5.5 or more among the limestone area in Korea.