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Residual Effect of Induced Water Stress and Nitrogen Addition on the Mycobiota in Scots Pine Stands

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Mycobiota (fungi, lichens and myxomycetes) was examined in permanent plots following experiments of artificial drought (D) and nitrogen addition (N) and compared with untreated forest (C), in Scots pine stand planted on Arenosols. Species diversity and relationships between fungal community structure and environmental variables (plant species numbers and cover, bryophyte cover, soil and bark pH, tree mortality) were explored. Both D and N treatments lead to decrease of fungal species in general, however, responses of individual trophic and ecological groups varied. The strongest effect of the treatments was observed for soil fungi, especially mycorrhizal: numbers of fruiting species and ectomycorrhizal root tips decreased, and species composition has changed. Saprotrophic fungi reacted by changes in species composition but not in numbers. Of the studied environmental variables, the most significant effect on mycobiota had bryophyte and vascular plant cover as well as vascular plant species numbers.

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Motiejūnaitė, J., Buožytė, R., Adamonytė, G. et al. Residual Effect of Induced Water Stress and Nitrogen Addition on the Mycobiota in Scots Pine Stands. Russ J Ecol 49, 226–231 (2018).

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  • fungi
  • lichens
  • myxomycetes
  • ectomycorrhizal root tips
  • artificial drought
  • nitrogen fertilization experiment