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Contrasting diversity and host association of ectomycorrhizal basidiomycetes versus root-associated ascomycetes in a dipterocarp rainforest.

Sato H, Tanabe AS, Toju H - PLoS ONE (2015)

Bottom Line: The putative ectomycorrhizal Basidiomycota were likely to be associated with closely related dipterocarp taxa to greater or lesser extents, whereas host association patterns of the root-associated Ascomycota were much less distinct.The community structure of the putative ectomycorrhizal Basidiomycota was possibly more influenced by host genetic distances than was that of the root-associated Ascomycota.This study also indicated that in dipterocarp rainforests, root-associated Ascomycota were characterized by high biodiversity and indistinct host association patterns, whereas ectomycorrhizal Basidiomycota showed less biodiversity and a strong host phylogenetic preference for dipterocarp trees.

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Affiliation: Center for Ecological Research, Kyoto University 509-3, 2-chome, Hirano, Otsu, Shiga, 520-2113 Japan.

ABSTRACT
Root-associated fungi, including ectomycorrhizal and root-endophytic fungi, are among the most diverse and important belowground plant symbionts in dipterocarp rainforests. Our study aimed to reveal the biodiversity, host association, and community structure of ectomycorrhizal Basidiomycota and root-associated Ascomycota (including root-endophytic Ascomycota) in a lowland dipterocarp rainforest in Southeast Asia. The host plant chloroplast ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase large subunit (rbcL) region and fungal internal transcribed spacer 2 (ITS2) region were sequenced using tag-encoded, massively parallel 454 pyrosequencing to identify host plant and root-associated fungal taxa in root samples. In total, 1245 ascomycetous and 127 putative ectomycorrhizal basidiomycetous taxa were detected from 442 root samples. The putative ectomycorrhizal Basidiomycota were likely to be associated with closely related dipterocarp taxa to greater or lesser extents, whereas host association patterns of the root-associated Ascomycota were much less distinct. The community structure of the putative ectomycorrhizal Basidiomycota was possibly more influenced by host genetic distances than was that of the root-associated Ascomycota. This study also indicated that in dipterocarp rainforests, root-associated Ascomycota were characterized by high biodiversity and indistinct host association patterns, whereas ectomycorrhizal Basidiomycota showed less biodiversity and a strong host phylogenetic preference for dipterocarp trees. Our findings lead to the working hypothesis that root-associated Ascomycota, which might be mainly represented by root-endophytic fungi, have biodiversity hotspots in the tropics, whereas biodiversity of ectomycorrhizal Basidiomycota increases with host genetic diversity.

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Accumulation curve of operational taxonomic unit (OTU) richness of Ascomycota (black), Basidiomycota (blue), and ectomycorrhizal Basidiomycota taxa (orange) observed in the study site.The shaded areas represent 95% confidence intervals.
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pone.0125550.g001: Accumulation curve of operational taxonomic unit (OTU) richness of Ascomycota (black), Basidiomycota (blue), and ectomycorrhizal Basidiomycota taxa (orange) observed in the study site.The shaded areas represent 95% confidence intervals.

Mentions: The accumulation curve of all fungal taxa, including Ascomycota, Basidiomycota, and ECM Basidiomycota, did not reach an asymptote, indicating that actual OTU richness in the study site was likely greater than observed in the present sampling effort (Fig 1). The graphs also demonstrate that ascomycetous OTUs were accumulating at much higher rates with increasing sampling effort than were the basidiomycetous OTUs.


Contrasting diversity and host association of ectomycorrhizal basidiomycetes versus root-associated ascomycetes in a dipterocarp rainforest.

Sato H, Tanabe AS, Toju H - PLoS ONE (2015)

Accumulation curve of operational taxonomic unit (OTU) richness of Ascomycota (black), Basidiomycota (blue), and ectomycorrhizal Basidiomycota taxa (orange) observed in the study site.The shaded areas represent 95% confidence intervals.
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pone.0125550.g001: Accumulation curve of operational taxonomic unit (OTU) richness of Ascomycota (black), Basidiomycota (blue), and ectomycorrhizal Basidiomycota taxa (orange) observed in the study site.The shaded areas represent 95% confidence intervals.
Mentions: The accumulation curve of all fungal taxa, including Ascomycota, Basidiomycota, and ECM Basidiomycota, did not reach an asymptote, indicating that actual OTU richness in the study site was likely greater than observed in the present sampling effort (Fig 1). The graphs also demonstrate that ascomycetous OTUs were accumulating at much higher rates with increasing sampling effort than were the basidiomycetous OTUs.

Bottom Line: The putative ectomycorrhizal Basidiomycota were likely to be associated with closely related dipterocarp taxa to greater or lesser extents, whereas host association patterns of the root-associated Ascomycota were much less distinct.The community structure of the putative ectomycorrhizal Basidiomycota was possibly more influenced by host genetic distances than was that of the root-associated Ascomycota.This study also indicated that in dipterocarp rainforests, root-associated Ascomycota were characterized by high biodiversity and indistinct host association patterns, whereas ectomycorrhizal Basidiomycota showed less biodiversity and a strong host phylogenetic preference for dipterocarp trees.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Center for Ecological Research, Kyoto University 509-3, 2-chome, Hirano, Otsu, Shiga, 520-2113 Japan.

ABSTRACT
Root-associated fungi, including ectomycorrhizal and root-endophytic fungi, are among the most diverse and important belowground plant symbionts in dipterocarp rainforests. Our study aimed to reveal the biodiversity, host association, and community structure of ectomycorrhizal Basidiomycota and root-associated Ascomycota (including root-endophytic Ascomycota) in a lowland dipterocarp rainforest in Southeast Asia. The host plant chloroplast ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase large subunit (rbcL) region and fungal internal transcribed spacer 2 (ITS2) region were sequenced using tag-encoded, massively parallel 454 pyrosequencing to identify host plant and root-associated fungal taxa in root samples. In total, 1245 ascomycetous and 127 putative ectomycorrhizal basidiomycetous taxa were detected from 442 root samples. The putative ectomycorrhizal Basidiomycota were likely to be associated with closely related dipterocarp taxa to greater or lesser extents, whereas host association patterns of the root-associated Ascomycota were much less distinct. The community structure of the putative ectomycorrhizal Basidiomycota was possibly more influenced by host genetic distances than was that of the root-associated Ascomycota. This study also indicated that in dipterocarp rainforests, root-associated Ascomycota were characterized by high biodiversity and indistinct host association patterns, whereas ectomycorrhizal Basidiomycota showed less biodiversity and a strong host phylogenetic preference for dipterocarp trees. Our findings lead to the working hypothesis that root-associated Ascomycota, which might be mainly represented by root-endophytic fungi, have biodiversity hotspots in the tropics, whereas biodiversity of ectomycorrhizal Basidiomycota increases with host genetic diversity.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus