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Ectomycorrhizae of Norway spruce from its southernmost natural distribution range in Serbia

Marina Katanić (1)   , Saša Orlović (1), Tine Grebenc (2), Marko Bajc (2), Saša Pekeč (1), Milan Drekić (1), Hojka Kraigher (2)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 12, Issue 1, Pages 43-50 (2019)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor2729-011
Published: Jan 10, 2019 - Copyright © 2019 SISEF

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Norway spruce (Picea abies Karst.) reaches its southernmost limit in the mountainous regions of south Serbia and Bulgaria. The species is a regionally important timber species for the wood industry and a significant host for various ectomycorrhizal fungi, including edible species. We analysed ectomycorrhizal community and fine root parameters of high continental / subalpine Norway spruce stands at three sites (Stara planina, Kopaonik, Tara) located in protected areas in Serbia. In addition, we assessed the potential effects of altitude and growing season on the ectomycorrhizal diversity and fine root parameters. Using standardised sampling in combination with morpho-anatomical and molecular identification of ectomycorrhizae, we recorded 29 different anatomorphotypes. None of the identified fungi belonged to commercial edible fungal species. Compared to other Norway spruce ectomycorrhiza studies in central Europe, sites in Serbia exhibited lower species diversity and different dominant species composition, with Cenococcum spp. and Russula spp. as the dominant ectomycorrhizal fungi. A number of ectomycorrhizal types and the value of the species richness index differed between Stara planina and Tara in the autumn, but the influence of site and season on the studied diversity indices was not significant. The total number of fine roots increased in the spring, while percentage of vital ectomycorrhizal root tips increased in the autumn. This study was the first examination of Norway spruce ectomycorrhizal communities at the edge of the natural geographical range of the species.


Ectomycorrhiza, Picea abies Karst., Community Structure, Diversity, Fine Roots

Authors’ address

Marina Katanić
Saša Orlović
Saša Pekeč
Milan Drekić
University of Novi Sad, Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment, Antona Cehova 13, 21000 Novi Sad (Serbia)
Tine Grebenc
Marko Bajc
Hojka Kraigher
Slovenian Forestry Institute, Večna pot 2, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Corresponding author

Marina Katanić


Katanić M, Orlović S, Grebenc T, Bajc M, Pekeč S, Drekić M, Kraigher H (2019). Ectomycorrhizae of Norway spruce from its southernmost natural distribution range in Serbia. iForest 12: 43-50. - doi: 10.3832/ifor2729-011

Academic Editor

Alberto Santini

Paper history

Received: Jan 18, 2018
Accepted: Oct 26, 2018

First online: Jan 10, 2019
Publication Date: Feb 28, 2019
Publication Time: 2.53 months

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