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Loss of functional diversity and network modularity in introduced plant – fungal symbioses

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ABSTRACT

Native and alien trees associate with a wide range of beneficial fungi, but the few studies of these interactions tend to focus only on a few plant species or locations at a time. Using extensive databases collected by mycologists in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, we show that, in the latter region, fungi on alien trees are less functionally diverse than those associated with natives. In both New Zealand and the United Kingdom, however, the structure of the interaction network is simplified and "nested". This suggests that beneficial fungi hosted by alien trees may help facilitate further tree invasion.

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Functional composition of ectomycorrhizal fungal exploration types on native and alien tree genera in the UK by tree genus. Native genera names labelled in blue, aliens in red.
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plw084-F3: Functional composition of ectomycorrhizal fungal exploration types on native and alien tree genera in the UK by tree genus. Native genera names labelled in blue, aliens in red.


Loss of functional diversity and network modularity in introduced plant – fungal symbioses
Functional composition of ectomycorrhizal fungal exploration types on native and alien tree genera in the UK by tree genus. Native genera names labelled in blue, aliens in red.
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plw084-F3: Functional composition of ectomycorrhizal fungal exploration types on native and alien tree genera in the UK by tree genus. Native genera names labelled in blue, aliens in red.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

ABSTRACT

Native and alien trees associate with a wide range of beneficial fungi, but the few studies of these interactions tend to focus only on a few plant species or locations at a time. Using extensive databases collected by mycologists in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, we show that, in the latter region, fungi on alien trees are less functionally diverse than those associated with natives. In both New Zealand and the United Kingdom, however, the structure of the interaction network is simplified and "nested". This suggests that beneficial fungi hosted by alien trees may help facilitate further tree invasion.

No MeSH data available.