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TitleMycorrhization of Fagaceae florests within Mediterranean ecosystems
Author(s)Reis, Francisca Rodrigues
Tavares, R. M.
Baptista, Paula
Lino-Neto, T.
KeywordsFagaceae species
Mediterranean forest
Climatic change
Issue date2017
CitationReis F, Tavares RM, Baptista P, Lino-Neto T. 2017. Mycorrhization of Fagaceae florests within Mediterranean ecosystems. In: Mycorrhiza: Function, Diversity, State of the Art, 4th Edition. A Varma, R Prasad, and N Tuteja (Eds) Springer, Berlin, pp.75-97 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-53064-2_6)
Abstract(s)Mediterranean Fagaceae forests are valuable due to their ecological and socio-economic aspects. Some profitable plant species, such as Castanea (timber and chestnut), Quercus (timber and cork) and Fagus (timber), encounter in this habitat the excellent edaphoclimatic conditions to develop. All Fagaceae plants are commonly associated to ECM fungal species, which are found in these forests in quite stable communities, mainly enriched in Russulaceae and Telephoraceae species. Currently, the Mediterranean Basin is considered as one of the global biodiversity hotspots, since many of their endemic plant species are not found elsewhere and are now under threat. Due to climate changing and introduction of disease agents, Fagaceae forests are facing an adaptation challenge to both biotic and abiotic threats. Although ECM communities are highly disturbed by climate factors and trees disease incidence, they could play an important role in increasing water availability to the plant and also improving plant tree defense against pathogens. Recent advances, namely on genomics and transcriptomics, are providing tools for increasing the understanding of Fagaceae mycorrhization process and stress responses to biotic and abiotic stresses. Such studies can provide new information for the implementation of the most adequate management policies for protecting threaten Mediterranean forests.
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