The diversity of mycorrhizal fungi in Japanese Cephalanthera species

Yuki Sakamoto, Jun Yamazaki, Takayuki Yamada, Jun Yokoyama, Yuki Ogura-Tsujita, Masayuki Maki

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The diversity of mycorrhizal fungi among four Japanese Cephalanthera (Orchidaceae) species was examined at a total of seven sites, based on sequence variation in nuclear ribosomal DNA. This is the first report to detect mycorrhizal fungi in C. subaphylla. Two patterns of mycorrhizal associations were confirmed from our results. C. falcata has lower fungal specificity, associating with Russulaceae, Sebacinales and Thelephoraceae. By contrast, the three Cephalanthera species C. erecta, C. subaphylla, and C. longifolia were associated mainly with Thelephoraceae fungi. There is no large difference found in mycobionts between green and albino individuals of C. falcata and no distinct preference of Japanese Cephalanthera species for a specific fungal group of Thelephoraceae.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-86
Number of pages6
JournalPlant Species Biology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1


  • Cephalanthera subaphylla
  • ectomycorrhizal fungi
  • orchid
  • symbiosis
  • thelephoraceae


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