Local adaptations in plant populations: does mycorrhizal symbiosis matter?

Name: Local adaptations in plant populations: does mycorrhizal symbiosis matter?
Researchers: Vosátka Miroslav (researcher)
Project Type: B - national grants (GA ČR, GA AVČR)
Realization from: 2007
Realization to: 2010
Summary: The aim of the project is to study the importance of arbuscular mycorrhiza (AM) in local adaptations of plant populations and to test whether the response of plant population to AM fungi is related to soil conditions and fungal isolate. We will compare the response of six populations of the model plant species Aster amellus to different isolates of one model AM fungal species, obtained from the model localities, when grown in the original soils of the plant populations and in the original soils of the fungal isolates. We will further study importance of local adaptations in non-sterile soil and will compare these results with results of the cultivation experiment. We will then relate the observed differences to differences in soil conditions between the localities and genetic similarity of the plant populations. The study will provide novel insights into local adaptations of plant and AM fungal populations in natural communities.

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