Institute of Botany
of the Czech Academy of Sciences
the largest centre of botanical research in the Czech Republic
Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and dark septate endophytes colonising the roots of submerged aquatic macrophytes, Isoëtes lacustris and I. echinospora
||Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and dark septate endophytes colonising the roots of submerged aquatic macrophytes, Isoëtes lacustris and I. echinospora
Sudová Radka (researcher)
||The aim of the project is to describe the occurrence and diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and dark septate
endophytes in the roots of submerged macrophytes, Isoëtes lacustris and I. echinospora (quillworts). The species under
investigation are glacial relicts, which are critically endangered in the Czech Republic, growing there on the margin of
their distribution range in only two acidified glacial lakes. The incidence of symbiotic fungi in quillwort roots was
preliminarily demonstrated, however, their taxonomic identity and possible effects on plant growth remain unclear.
Conventional techniques of mycorrhizal research, modern molecular approaches and experimental cultivation will be
used in synergy to address these questions. The diversity of fungal communities will be studied in marginal as well as
core populations of both plant species. In addition, comparison will be made between acidified and non-acidified lakes.
The obtained data will provide novel information about unique fungal communities inhabiting the roots of submerged
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