Plant and Soil

, Volume 71, Issue 1, pp 49–53

Effects of N fertilisation on populations of fine roots and mycorrhizas in spruce humus

  • I. J. Alexander
  • R. I. Fairley

DOI: 10.1007/BF02182640

Cite this article as:
Alexander, I.J. & Fairley, R.I. Plant Soil (1983) 71: 49. doi:10.1007/BF02182640


Fertilisation with N alters the numbers, biomass and seasonal pattern of activity of fine roots and mycorrhizas in spruce humus. Production and mortality decrease, and longevity increases. Fertilisation reduces mycorrhizal infection, alters the relative proportions of mycorrhizal types and permits the appearance of new types.

Key words

Fertiliser Fine roots Mycorrhizas Nitrogen Picea sitchensis 

Copyright information

© Martinus Nijhoff/Dr W. Junk Publishers 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • I. J. Alexander
    • 1
  • R. I. Fairley
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BotanyThe UniversityAberdeenScotland

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