, Volume 77, Issue 2, pp 177–184 | Cite as

Changes of mycorrhizal fungal community occurring during the natural restoration after the chi-chi earthquake in Taiwan

  • Tzu-Chao Lin
  • Pi-Han Wang
  • Wan-Rou LinEmail author


Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi influence the plant establishment after disturbances, however, there were no reports on the succession of soil AM fungal communities after earthquakes. This study was carried out to monitor the changes of AM fungal species composition during plant succession after earthquakes. After a major earthquake, the ‘Chi-Chi’ event of 1999, a total of 4238 AM fungal spores belonging to 13 species were recorded. Higher AM fungal spore density was found in the crest area of the affected mountainside and the AM fungal community was significantly different between the crest and valley area. Scutellospora nigra, Acaulospora scrobiculata and Acaulospora tuberculata were dominant in the early succession stage. Glomus ambisporum, Glomus deserticola and Acaulospora mellea were more abundant in the late successional stage. These results demonstrated the dynamics of AM fungal community during succession and vegetation recovery.


Earthquakes Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi Pioneer species Ectomycorrhizal fungi In situ field study 



Financial support was provided by the Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan, R. O. C. (Taiwan). We thank Dr. Chi-Guang Wu for assistance with identification of AM fungal spores. For assistance with field work, we thank Mr. E. L. Cheu and Ms. C. H. Wu.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Endemic Species Research InstituteNantouTaiwan, Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of Life ScienceTunghai UniversityTaichungTaiwan, Republic of China
  3. 3.Bioresource Collection and Research Center (BCRC)Food Industrial Research and Development InstituteHsinchuTaiwan, Republic of China

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