A Survey of Ectomycorrhizal Fungi in Pine Plantations in Tanzania

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1980
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Redhead, J. F.
Maghembe, J. A.
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Most tropical trees are symbiotic associates of the fungi forming vesicular-arbuscuilar mycorrhizae, tree associates of the ectomycorrhizal fungi being of limited natural occurrence (Redhead, 1968 and Thomazini, 1974). It is not surprising therefore that the first trials of pines in Ea~t Africa at the beginning of this century failed due to lack of ectomycorrhizal fungi (Mikola, 1968). Today, over 50,000 hectares of Pinus patula, P. elliotti, P. caribaea and P. radiata have been planted in 15 industrial Plantation projects in Tanzania due to successful introduction of pine mycorrhizae. In the highlands, the first plantations have already completed one rotation.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, XLV (January 1980), p. 203-206