, Volume 17, Issue 5, pp 415–428

Genetic diversity of ectomycorrhizal Basidiomycetes from African and Indian tropical rain forests


    • UMR 113Symbioses Tropicales et Méditerranéennes (LSTM)
    • Institut Français de Pondichéry
    • Centre de Biologie pour la Gestion des PopulationsCampus International de Baillarguet
  • Abdallah G. Diedhiou
    • UMR 113Symbioses Tropicales et Méditerranéennes (LSTM)
  • Moussa Diabate
    • Institut de Recherche Agronomique de Guinée
  • G. Senthilarasu
    • Centre of Advanced Study in Botany (CASB)University of Madras
  • K. Natarajan
    • Centre of Advanced Study in Botany (CASB)University of Madras
  • Annemieke Verbeken
    • Department of BiologyGhent University
  • Bart Buyck
    • Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (MNHN)
  • Bernard Dreyfus
    • UMR 113Symbioses Tropicales et Méditerranéennes (LSTM)
  • Gilles Bena
    • UMR 113Symbioses Tropicales et Méditerranéennes (LSTM)
  • Amadou M. Ba
    • UMR 113Symbioses Tropicales et Méditerranéennes (LSTM)
    • Laboratoire de Biologie et Physiologie VégétalesUniversité Antilles–Guyane
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00572-007-0117-6

Cite this article as:
Riviere, T., Diedhiou, A.G., Diabate, M. et al. Mycorrhiza (2007) 17: 415. doi:10.1007/s00572-007-0117-6


Ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungi have a worldwide distribution. However, the ecology of tropical ECM fungi is poorly documented, limiting our understanding of the symbiotic associations between tropical plants and fungi. ECM Basidiomycete diversity was investigated for the first time in two tropical rain forests in Africa (Western Upper Guinea) and in Asia (Western Ghats, India), using a fragment of the mitochondrial large subunit rRNA gene to type 140 sporocarps and 54 ectomycorrhizas. To evaluate taxonomic diversity, phylogenetic analyses were performed, and 40 sequences included from identified European specimens were used as taxonomic benchmarks. Five clades were recovered corresponding to six taxonomic groups: boletoids, sclerodermatoids, russuloids, thelephoroids, and a clade grouping the Amanitaceae and Tricholomataceae families. Our results revealed that the Russulaceae species display a great diversity with several putative new species, especially in Guinea. Other taxonomic issues at family/section levels are also briefly discussed. This study provides preliminary insights into taxonomic diversity, ECM status, and biogeographic patterns of ECM fungi in tropical two rain forest ecosystems, which appear to be as diverse as in temperate and boreal forests.


Ectomycorrhizal BasidiomycetesTropical rain forestsMitochondrial LrRNA gene

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