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Mycorrhizae in Hawaiian Epiphytes

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Title: Mycorrhizae in Hawaiian Epiphytes
Authors: Gemma, J.N.
Koske, R.E.
Issue Date: Apr 1995
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Citation: Gemma JN, Koske RE. 1995. Mycorrhizae in Hawaiian epiphytes. Pac Sci 49(2): 175-180.
Abstract: In surveys in the Hawaiian Islands, mycorrhizae occurred frequently
in epiphytic, nonorchidaceous angiosperms and pteridophytes. Both
vesicular-arbuscular (VA) and ericoid mycorrhizae were present in epiphytes
growing 1-3 m above the forest floor on dead and living tree trunks and on
living tree ferns in montane wet forest sites. All eight angiosperm species were
mycorrhizal, and 13 of 22 pteridophytes possessed VA mycorrhizae. The high
frequency of mycorrhizae in epiphytic species suggests that propagules of mycorrhizal
fungi routinely are dispersed to these microsites. Possible means of
dispersal are discussed.
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 49, Number 2, 1995

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