Distribution of Dark-Celled Fungal Root Endophytes Along an Arctic to Boreal Latitudinal Gradient
Principal Investigator: Piercey, Melissa (1)
Licence Number: 13124
Organization: University of Alberta
Licenced Year(s): 2000
Issued: Jun 05, 2000
Project Team: self

Objective(s): Roots of plants inhabiting cold-stressed environments are often colonized by vegetatively reproducing fungi with deeply pigmented cell walls (e.g... Phialocephala fortinii P.). This research will study sexual reproduction of Phialocephala fortinii P.

Project Description: Roots of plants inhabiting cold-stressed environments are often colonized by vegetatively reproducing fungi. The researcher will examine the genetic variation within and among populations of Phialocephala fortinii P. along a latitudinal gradient encompassing the boreal, subarctic and arctic zones in Northern Canada. The researcher will travel from Yellowknife to 3 study sites surrounding Great Slave Lake. At each site a portion of root material from 8 willow plants and some soil will be removed. From this the fungi will be isolated. As well a small sample of leaf material will be collected.