Comparison of Soil Higher Fungal Communities between Dead and Living Abies koreana in Mt. Halla, the Republic of Korea

Chang Sun Kim, Jong Won Jo, Hyen Lee, Young Nam Kwag, Sung Eun Cho, Seung Hwan Oh

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Abstract

To improve our understanding of the relationship between soil higher fungi (belonging to Ascomycota and Basidiomycota) and Abies koreana, we surveyed A. koreana soil fungal communities in a forest in Mt. Halla, Jeju Island, Korea by next-generation sequencing (Illumina Miseq). To confirm the soil higher fungal communities, we collected two types of soils from a defined plot: soils with dead (AKDTs) and living A. koreana (AKLTs), respectively. Soil fungi were classified into 2 phyla, 19 classes, 64 orders, 133 families, 195 genera, and 229 OTUs (895,705 sequence reads). Nonmetric multidimensional scaling (NMDS) showed significantly different soil higher fungal communities between AKDTs and AKLTs (p <.05). In addition, the saprophyte composition was significantly affected by A. koreana status (p <.05). The proportion of the mycorrhizal Clavulina spp. was different between soils with AKDTs and AKLTs, suggesting that Clavulina spp. may be a crucial soil fungal species influencing A. koreana. This study will lead to a better understanding of the ecological status of A. koreana in Mt. Halla. In addition, this study could be useful for the conservation and management of A. koreana habitats.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-372
Number of pages9
JournalMycobiology
Volume48
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Sep 2020

Keywords

  • Abies koreana
  • Clavulina species
  • conservation
  • diversity
  • ectomycorrhizal
  • parasite
  • saprophyte

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