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AFI 02/30_02 - The status of dark septate fungi in Antarctic plant and soil communities - Analysis of fungal cultures, plant and soil samples collected from the northern Antarctic Peninsula region in 2002/2003
Entry ID: GB-NERC-BAS-AEDC-00262

Abstract: This study investigated the status of dark septate ("DS") fungi in Antarctic plant and soil communities, with the aim of determining the abundance of DS fungi in plant roots and rhizoids, their taxonomic affinities and their symbiotic status. Abundances of fungal hyphae were recorded in roots and rhizoids, and fungi were isolated and identified. Sequencing of ITS (internal transcribed spacer) regions of rDNA indicated that some isolates share taxonomic affinities with fungi of known symbiotic status. Synthesis experiments assessed the effects of DS fungal isolates, including H. ericae, on the growth and nutrient balance of their host plants. Seeds of Deschampsia antarctica and Colobanthus quitensis were collected for use in ecophysiological experiments.
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Description: Information about Rebecca Upson's PhD.

Description: The Archives Service hold a Travel Report describing part of the field work undertaken between 4th January - 17th January 2003 for this project. Please quote the reference AD6/2R/2002/K3 when requesting this report.
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -54.28   S: -67.6   E: -36.48   W: -68.35
Min Altitude: 0M Max Altitude: 60M

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2002-07-01
Stop Date: 2005-06-30
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Polar Data Centre, British Antarctic Survey, Natural Environment Research Council, United Kingdom Supplemental Info
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Upson, R., Newsham, K.K., Bridge, P.D., Pearce, D.A. & Read, D.J. Phylogenetic affinities of dark septate endophytes in the roots of Deschampsia antarctica and Colobanthus quitensis, the two native Antarctic vascular plant species. Fungal Ecology. DOI: 10.1016/j.funeco.2009.02.004 Upson, R., Read, D.J. & Newsham, K.K. (2009). Nitrogen form influences plant response to dark septate root ... View entire text
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2007-06-28
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23