Phylogenetic congruence between fungi and algae was quantified What is not as clear is whether most obligate species-level symbiotic relationships, control region of mitochondrial DNA in humans and chimpanzees. The Symbiotic associations between Algae and Fungi are known as Lichens. are an Internet privacy company that empowers you to seamlessly take control of your p. What is the relevant symbiotic relationship between algae and fungi?. Download Citation on ResearchGate | Relationship between fungus and alga in the lichen Cladonia cristatella Tuck | The nature of the lichen symbiosis is not clear different algae suggest that the relationship in this lichen is one of controlled.
The first step in understanding how a mutualistic symbiosis might affect community structure is to determine whether or not there is specificity in the symbiosis. For example, Widmer et al. Thus, it appears that there is variability in association patterns among different lichen taxa Fahselt, Several mechanisms are proposed to underpin the patterns in phylogenetic congruence observed for lichens.
If symbiont co-dispersal is coupled with genetic drift, a pattern of co-diversification is likely to emerge. Further, most green algal photobionts commonly occur in a free-living state, although for some taxa, such as Trebouxia, much about their life cycles and availability in the environment is unknown Sanders, A free-living state is likely to decrease the importance of vertical transmission and decrease the congruence of phylogenetic patterns. Third, spatial structure in fungal and algal distributions could drive patterns in phylogenetic congruence.
Spatial structure in either fungi or algae could arise through dispersal limitation, habitat fragmentation, or niche differentiation, such as variation in habitat preferences. For example, Werth et al. If spatial structure in fungal and algal distributions resulted in limited availability of one or both partners relative to the other, this would lead to a congruent phylogenetic pattern.
Thus, if spatial structure in genetic variation results from differential distributions of algal or fungal ecotypes, this could result in phylogenetic congruence for specimens compared across environmental gradients.
Although much recent research has shown that lichenised fungi specialise on particular algae regardless of the availability of other species, most work has been conducted at the within-species and within-genus levels, and much less often at higher levels of phylogenetic diversity.
Such patterns and their explanations, like most ecological phenomena, are likely to be scale-dependent and related to both small scale processes, such as the dispersal of lichen propagules, as well as larger scale biogeographic processes and climatic variation.
In addition, these patterns are likely to depend on the amount of phylogenetic diversity contained within the dataset considered. We expect that if co-evolutionary processes play a role, then phylogenetic congruence should be stronger when considering higher levels of phylogenetic diversity because they are the accumulation of a longer period of evolutionary change.
To examine these patterns and effects, we tested patterns of association for a range of New Zealand lichens at the community, genus, and species levels. We assembled six independent datasets that varied in the spatial extent of sampling, taxonomic diversity and the level of specimen replication so that we could compare patterns in phylogenetic congruence across these variables.
We interpret the patterns in the light of the relative importance of the mechanisms driving variation in co-diversification patterns. Samples were taken either from the ground, or from trees and structures like fence posts and stored in paper envelopes.
Each sample was identified to the lowest taxonomic level possible and assigned a specific sample code. Specimens are held in collections at Lincoln University. Five non-overlapping sample sets were collected Table 1: The grazing cattle flushes out insects from the vegetation, which benefits the birds, but this relationship does not seem to benifit the cattle nor does it do any harm.
A relationship in which one species parasite is obligately dependent upon another organism host for its food and shelter.
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We have had several examples of this type of symbiosis as we covered the fungi. For our purpose, symbiosis will be used here to mean a mutualistic symbiosis where both organisms are benefiting from the relationship. The two most common example in fungi are mycorrhizae and lichens, which we will cover, today. The subject of symbiosis is usually more scholarly than applicable, but in the case of mycorrhizae, you will see that both scholarly as well as applied research have been carried out.
A mycorrhiza is defined as a symbiotic relationship between the roots of plants and fungi. The term mycorrhiza literally means root fungus, but in the broad sense of the term, the interaction does not always occur only with the roots of plants, a mycorrhizal relationship also includes plants that do not have roots, such as Psilotum and bryophytes mosses and liverworts. A common impression, among non-botanist is if plants are in an area with rich soil and have enough water and sunshine that they will grow well.
Although this may be true, this is usually not the case. In fact, this is rarely true in nature. Just as there is a lot happening in the recycling of nutrients, in the soil, there is also a lot going on with respect to interaction of plant roots with other microorganisms.
In the case of mycorrhizal relationships, we are actually talking about a number of different types of relationships. Another words, there are different categories of mycorrhizae.
However, in the most common types, the fungus will usually receive carbohydrates of some sort from the plant and there will be enhancement of mineral transport to the plant. You should recall that in order for plants to grow normally, they require certain essential elements, and I will not review those elements at this time since knowing what they are is really not essential in understanding the concept of mycorrhizae.
Generally, in nature, the soil composition is often deficient in one to several essential elements that are required by plants, and it is thought that because the mycelium of the fungus is more extensive than even the roots of the host plant, in the soil, the fungus is able to enhance nutrient uptake for the plant.
Ironically, it is in nutrient rich soil, such as agricultural soil, that plant sometimes do not grow better with a mycorrhizal fungus, but instead the plant may even reject the fungus. In addition to the enhanced nutrient uptake, different categories of mycorrhizae may protect roots against pathogens, produce plant hormones and translocate carbohydrates between plants.
However, there are some generalizations that can be made, concerning mycorrhizae: Mycorrhiza infection area occurs only on the smallest order of secondary roots. These are the root tips that are still growing, elongating and increasing in girth. So we are talking about just a very small part of the root system of a plant which will be infected by the mycorrhizal fungus.
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This makes a great deal of sense since this is the only part of the root system that will absorb water and minerals. However, as I just mentioned, the fungus has a much more extensive growth in the soil. In all mycorrhizae only the cortical cells of the root are invaded by the fungus. This is the area of the root between the epidermis and the vascular tissue of the root. If we look at the cross section of a young rootit would be here where these large somewhat circular cells are.
All other families form mycorrhizae. It is believed that for many plants that usually form mycorrhizae, they would be unable to survive in their natural habitat without this symbiotic relationship. This has been demonstrated to be true for numerous plants. Types of mycorrhizae recognized can be divided into three categories: Description of mycorrhizae types Ectomycorrhizae This category of mycorrhiza is very uniform in appearance, and biologically identical despite having literally thousands of different species fungi, in the Ascomycota and Basidiomycota.
For this reason, it is not subdivided into further subcategories as in endomycorrhizae. It is referred to as "ecto-" because the fungal symbiont does not invade the cell protoplasm. However, the fungus does form a thick sheath around the root tip and mycelium also grows between the cells of the cortex.
The infected roots are very distinctive, forming short, paired, branches Fig. Infected roots from pine. Note the distinctive, short, pairs of branches. While there are a large number of fungi that are ectomycorrhizae, plants that have ectomycorrhizae are restricted to only a few families of plants, and these plants are always trees. They are also more common in temperate regions than in the tropics.
This type of mycorrhiza is very important in forestry because its association with trees. In this type of mycorrhiza, the fungal sheath, that forms around the secondary root tips, accumulate minerals from the decomposing litter, before they are able to pass into the deeper mineral layers of the soil where they would be unavailable to the roots. Thus, mycorrhizal fungi are also decomposers as well. Fungus does obtain simple carbohydrates that are produced by the plant, but not used by the plant.
So it appears that these carbohydrates may be produced by the plant specifically for the fungus since they are utilized by the plant. Fungi involved are members of the Basidiomycota and the Ascomycota. Also, they are usually species that form large fruitbodies, such as mushrooms, puffballs, truffles, etc. From many years of observations, consistent association could be seen of certain species of trees with certain species of fungi that produce fruitbodies.
This type of mycorrhiza was discovered first for this reason. Although we can grow the mycelium of many ectomycorrhizal fungi in an artificial medium, e. It has been demonstrated that unknown growth factors exuded by the roots seems to stimulate mycelial growth. There is undoubtedly many more factors involved, with regards to growth of the fungi, that are yet unknown. Formation of fruiting bodies in artificial media also has never been accomplished.
This was the reason why "cultivation" of truffles, e. Tuber melanosporum, which is mycorrhizal, requires planting of the host trees that have been inoculated with the fungus in order to obtain fruitbodies.
The ectomycorrhizal root that is formed has a morphology that is distinct from that of uninfected roots. One distinctive characteristic of the infected root tips is that they lack root hairs. This is unusual because root hairs are normally presence, in abundance, in the young root. This morphology is in part due to the fungus secreting auxin, a plant hormone, that acts upon the root development and causing it to have branching seen here. Branching of the root system will differ with different plant families.
The ectendomycorrhizae morphology is like that of the ectomycorrhizae, i. The only real morphological difference is that the host roots cells are penetrated by hyphal cell of fungus. Also, the fungi involved have not been identified. Most of these are utilized as a source of lumber, and in the case of the Pine family, millions of trees are used annually, this time of year, as Christmas trees. When planting these trees, it is a routine practice, in forestry, to inoculate the seedling with a mycorrhizal fungus.
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This group of mycorrhiza have also been tested as a means of resisting fungal, root pathogens. It was reasoned that if the fungal sheath of the ectomycorrhizal fungus is covering the root tips, fungal root pathogens would be unable to gain entry into the root system of the host. Endomycorrhizae Although far less conspicuous because they do not produce large fruiting bodies, such as mushrooms, this category of mycorrhiza is far more common than the ectomycorrhizal type.
Generally, it can be said that plants that do not form ectomycorrhizae will be the ones that form endomycorrhizae. However, because of the absence of a macroscopic of macroscopic fruitbodies, the presence of endomycorrhizae is more difficult to demonstrate. Because of the lack of visibility, this group was considered to be rare until a method was devised that could readily detect such fungi in the soil and demonstrate that they are in fact very common. There are several categories of endomycorrhizae.
The only common feature that they all share is that the mycelium of the fungal symbiont will gain entry into the host, root cells by cellulolytic enzymes. Unlike the ectomycorrhizae, roots which are infected with mycorrhizal fungi do not differ morphologically from those that are not infected, i. However, the type of association that is formed between the host and fungus vary a great deal in the different categories of endomycorrhizae. Vesicular-Arbuscular Mycorrhizae VAM This category of mycorrhiza can be found throughout the world, but more abundant in the tropics than in temperate regions, and is associated with more plants than any of the other categories of mycorrhizae.
The name of this type of mycorrhizae comes from the distinct structures that can be seen inside the cells of the infected roots, the rounded vesicles Fig. There is also extensive mycelium in the soil, but none of it is organized in any fashion. The vesicles and arbuscules contain the stored minerals that are needed by the plant. These structures lyse in the root cells and in this way the minerals become available to the plant. Vesicles in roots cells of Sesbania sp.
Note some vesicles have been displaced from cells due to preparation of slide. Arbuscule in root cell. Arbuscules are characterized by their tree-like appearance. The group of fungi involved is always a member of the Zygomycota. There are only a few genera of fungi involved, but because of the lack of specificity of these genera to specific host plants, they have been found to have largest host range of any mycorrhizal group.
The VAM fungi normally produce assorted types of spores which can be used in the identification of these fungi, i. It was once thought that these fungi were nothing more than a rare curiosity. However, this was only because a technique was needed, which could more efficiently find VAM spores, than by simply sifting through the soil. Once this technique was found, this type of mycorrhiza was found to be the most common in nature.
It is because VAM have a broad host range they were once considered to be a future tool in agriculture, i. However, because these fungi cannot be grown in the absence of a host plant, individual inoculations would have to be done for each plant.
This would be impractical for any grains grown as well as for most crops, but have been utilized in planting of fruit trees which are planted individually. There are a number of native plants which are endangered, in which attempts at growing them from seeds and cuttings at NTBG have not been very good.
A few years ago, while Drs. While inoculation of VAM fungi did greatly improve the survival of the young plants, it would not be the whole answer to their problems. Some species of native Hawaiian plants that were given inoculated with and without VAM fungi are shown on Figs.
Orchid Mycorrhizae This category of endomycorrhizae are mostly members of the Basidiomycota. All orchids are infected with this type of mycorrhizal fungus.
Orchid mycorrhizae are functionally different than in the above two types because of the unique nutritional needs of orchid plants. In most plants, the seed contains a food supply that will feed the embryo, until germination occurs, at which time the plant becomes photosynthetic and can produce its own food. However, orchid seeds are very minute and contain a very small food reserve for the embryo.
This food supply is usually depleted by the time that the first few cell divisions of the embryo has occurred. During this critical period of time between the end of their stored food supply until they become photosynthetic if they are photosynthetic orchids, many are notthey are dependent upon the mycorrhizae for survival. Most orchid seeds will not even germinate until the fungal symbiont penetrates seed coat of the seed.
Because of the lack of food in the embryo of the orchid, the fungus not only supplies minerals, but also organic compounds to the orchid such as carbohydrates and possibly other metabolites such as vitamins. Thus, it is the orchid that is deriving the carbohydrate from the fungus rather than the other way around. Unlike the other mycorrhizal fungi, these fungi digest organic materials, from the surrounding environment of the orchid, into glucose, ribose and other simple carbohydrate and these nutrients are translocated into the orchid to support their own growth.
The relationships that orchid species have with the mycorrhizal fungi are variable and is dependent on their nutritional needs. Some orchids become photosynthetic when their leaves develop while others are achlorophyllous. So those that are photosynthetic do not require the mycorrhizae at that time, but often still retains the fungal symbiont as a partner. However, the achlorophyllous species will require it even as adult plants.
Some relationship are unique and very interesting. Many orchids are epiphytes, that is they live on other plants rather than in soil, and achlorophyllous. In experiments with orchid epiphytes, it has been demonstrated that the mycorrhizal fungus on the orchid roots also acts as a parasite upon the plant which the orchid is growing. In this type of relationship, food is being transferred, by the fungus, from the tree, on which the orchid is growing, to the orchid.