Field survey of the distribution of vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in relation to soil pH.

Published online
01 Oct 1987
Content type
Journal article
Journal title
Journal of Applied Ecology

Porter, W. M. & Robson, A. D. & Abbott, L. K.

Publication language
Australia & Western Australia


The distribution and abundance of VA mycorrhizal fungi in the Merredin district of Western Australia was examined in relation to soil properties. Acaulospora laevis was restricted to soils of low pH whereas Glomus sp. WUM 3 occurred only in soils of high pH. In this study soil pH was not strongly correlated with any of the other soil properties measured. It was concluded that the pH sensitivity of these fungi must be taken into account in the development of commercial inoculum.

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