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Harvard Forest Symposium Abstract 2010

  • Title: Evolution of nutritional strategies of Hygrophoraceae (Basidiomycota: Agaricales) inferred from stable isotope and molecular analyses
  • Primary Author: Brian Seitzman (Clark University)
  • Additional Authors: David Hibbett (Clark University); Erik Hobbie (University of New Hampshire - Main Campus); Rachel Mixon (University of New Hampshire - Main Campus)
  • Abstract:

    The family Hygrophoraceae (Basidiomycota: Agaricales) includes one genus known to be ectomycorrhizal (Hygrophorus), two genera assumed to be mycorrhizal (Humidicutis and Camarophyllus), one genus assumed to be saprotrophic (Hygrocybe), and several that lichenize with green algae and cyanobacteria (Lichenomphalia, Dictyonema, Acantholichen and others). To date, there has been no confirmation of the nutritional strategies of Humidicutis, Camarophyllus and Hygrocybe. In this study, we are combining molecular phylogenetics with analyses of stable isotopes to understand the diversity and evolution of nutritional strategies in Hygrophoraceae. The isotopic profiles of the three genera of uncertain nutritional mode are different from those of both ECM and saprotrophic fungi in other families, which, coupled with phylogenetic analysis, elucidate several changes in strategy over the course of this family's evolution.

  • Research Category: Biodiversity Studies, Physiological Ecology, Population Dynamics, and Species Interactions, Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics

  • Figures:
  • isotope graph small.jpg
    lsu phylo small.jpg
    AM05 Hygrocybe sp 092609 a.jpg
    BHS2009-108 Hygrophorus sp cf lucorum 102309 a.jpg
    BHS200931 Hygrocybe sp 072209.jpg