Being either saprotrophs that decompose dead wood and leaf-litter, or mutualistic partners forming symbiotic relationships with alders, the fungi related to alders are important for the equilibrium of natural ecosystems, while they constitute a unique part of the biodiversity of this endangered habitat. In this thematic newsletter you are invited to follow the experts in their search and collection of mushrooms, that took place last month and learn interesting facts on the species they spotted. Newsletter
Project experts visited the priority habitats at Vori and Evroussies at 23-25/11/2018 for collecting mushrooms formed by ectomycorrhizal fungi of alder trees. Paxillus cf. rubicundulus mushrooms were located and collected at the stone-build bridge of Vourkoti. Suspensions containing mushroom fragments were prepared and applied to the roots of alder plantlets maintained at Agadaki Estate. The alder and their ectomycorrhizal fungi develop a very interesting symbiotic relationship, through which both parties benefit. The fungus facilitates the alder at absorbing nutrients from the soil, while in return, it receives organic compounds formed by the alder through photosynthesis.
A large number of different plant species were collected from various areas of Andros (23-25/11/2018 and 7-8/12/2018), including several endangered and rare taxa. All plants were transferred to the nursery located at Agadaki Estate where they will remain until their final transplanting in the Botanic Garden.