, Volume 17, Issue 6, pp 527–535 | Cite as

Mycorrhizal status of Eucalyptus plantations in south China and implications for management

  • Ying Long Chen
  • Shuie Liu
  • Bernard Dell
Original Paper


The aim of this study is to assess the mycorrhizal status of Eucalyptus plantations in south China and to determine the need for inoculation. In four provinces in south China, 155 plantations were sampled for sporocarps of ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungi, spores of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi, and mycorrhizas over 2 years. This study revealed a low above-ground diversity of ECM fungi consisting of 15 taxa fruiting beneath Eucalyptus plantations. The most common ECM genera were Scleroderma and Pisolithus, but they were infrequent. A total of 21 AM fungi, mostly Glomus species, were recognized from spores collected from eucalypt plantations. Four Glomus species were frequently present in soils, but spore density and relative abundance of AM fungi were generally low. Eucalypt roots from all plantation sites were poorly colonized by either ECM fungi or AM fungi. A bioassay with E. urophylla as a bait host, using soils collected from 11 eucalypt plantations, confirmed low levels of inoculum of both ECM and AM fungi in field soil. This is the first integrated study on the mycorrhizal status of eucalypt plantations in China. Findings from this research can be used to encourage adoption of mycorrhizal technology by eucalypt nurseries in the region. The potential of using spores of compatible ECM fungi or collections for forest nurseries is discussed.


Ectomycorrhizal fungi Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi Diversity Eucalyptus plantations South China Nursery inoculation 



This study was supported by the Chinese Academy of Forestry, Murdoch University and the International Foundation for Science. Li Hua Kang, Zheng Mei Zhen, Ye Gen Jiang, and Hong Li of CAF assisted in the field investigations and sampling.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Biological Sciences and BiotechnologyMurdoch UniversityPerthAustralia
  2. 2.Research Institute of Tropical ForestryChinese Academy of ForestryGuangzhouChina
  3. 3.School of Plant BiologyThe University of Western AustraliaPerthAustralia

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