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Mycological Progress

, 14:83 | Cite as

A new whitish truffle, Tuber thailandicum from northern Thailand and its ectomycorrhizal association

  • Nakarin Suwannarach
  • Jaturong Kumla
  • Saisamorn Lumyong
Original Article

Abstract

A new species of whitish truffle, Tuber thailandicum, is described based on collections from northern Thailand. This species is characterized by whitish ascomata with dark brown gleba and subglobose spores with an alveolate reticulum. Tuber thailandicum is similar to T. castilloi, but differs in the thicker peridium and wider spores in one-spored asci. Molecular analysis of the internal transcribed spacer region and large subunit of ribosomal DNA also supports that T. thailandicum is clearly different from previously described whitish truffle species. It grows in mycorrhizal association with Betula alnoides, and the morphology and anatomy of mycorrhizae are described. Moreover, the identification of mycorrhizal status was confirmed by molecular methods.

Keyword

Ascomycota Hypogeous fungi Taxonomy Phylogeny Ectomycorrhizal symbiosis 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work was supported by grants from Chiang Mai University and TRF Research-Team Association Grant (RTA5880006). We are grateful to Prof. Dr. Robert J. McGovern and Mr. Keegan Kennedy for English proof reading.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nakarin Suwannarach
    • 1
  • Jaturong Kumla
    • 1
  • Saisamorn Lumyong
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biology, Faculty of ScienceChiang Mai UniversityChiang MaiThailand

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