Fruitbodies of sheathing mycorrhizal fungi collected under birch (Betula pendula andB. pubescens) were suspended over pots of soil and the resulting spore-supplemented soils were planted with sedlings ofB. pendula. Inocybe lacera, I. lanuginella, Hebeloma sacchariolens andH. leucosarx formed mycorrhizas readily.Lactarius pubescens andLeccinum roseofracta did not form mycorrhizas from basidiospore inocula, even after prolonged periods of seedling growth.Paxillus involutus gave equivocal results, perhaps because the soil was unsuitable for this species. Storage of the basidiospore-supplemented soils for 6 months in outdoor conditions or in a growth room at 18°C did not materially alter the results.
The results are discussed in relation to the concept of mycorrhizal succession.