Is fitness of Pinus strobus, an invasive species in the Czech Republic, influenced by Ericaceae and their symbiotic fungi? A comparison with native Pinus sylvestris

Name: Is fitness of Pinus strobus, an invasive species in the Czech Republic, influenced by Ericaceae and their symbiotic fungi? A comparison with native Pinus sylvestris
Researchers: Kohout Petr (member of research team)
Vohník Martin (member of research team)
Project Type: C - other (Research and development projects of ministries, contracts and agreements on targeted research and cooperation, etc.)
Realization from: 2009
Realization to: 2010
Summary: We want to address the following questions: 1) Are there diferences in ectomycobionts between P. sylvestris and P. strobus? 2) What is the influence of Ericaceae on ectomycobionts of both Pinus species? 3) Does the supposed Ericaceae effect differ between invasive P. strobus and native P. sylvestris? Answering these questions might help understanding spread mechanisms of P. strobus and its possible indirect interactions with P. sylvestris through Ericaceae and their mycobionts.

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