Preliminary Checklist of Endomycorrhizal Fungi Associated with Mauritia flexuosa L.f. (Arecaceae, Calamoideae) in Trinidad, W.I.

Authors

  • Linton Lee Arneaud University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Edgar Julian Duncan

Keywords:

Arborescent palms, Aripo Savanna Environmentally Sensitive Area, Endophytes, Fungus, Symbiosis

Abstract

Endomycorrhizal fungi associated with the palm Mauritia flexuosa L. f. (Arecaceae-Calamoideae) were observed in situ and
ex situ on the island of Trinidad, West Indies. Root endophytes varied between stage classes (seedling–adult) and amongst
palms from different locations and individual species of endophyte were associated with more than one palm species.
This suggests that palms with associated endophyte communities may have a greater chance of survival in stressful
environments. Further studies on the relative abundance of endophytes and host specificity are warranted as different
levels of endomycorrhizal associations and adaptations are expected.

Author Biography

Linton Lee Arneaud, University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

Department of Life Sciences

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Published

2019-12-31

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