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Keywords:

  • Ectomycorrhizas;
  • carbon transfer;
  • translocation;
  • ageing

summary

In intact seedlings of Eucalyptus pilularis Stn. ectomycorrhizal with Pisolithus tinctorius (Pers.) Coker & Couch in growth pouches, and labelled photosynthetically with 14C4 more radioactivity was translocated into mycorrhizal than to non-mycorrhizal roots. Results from autoradiography of intact root systems were supported by data from scintillation counting of individual root tips. Greater 14C accumulation occurred in young than in older mycorrhizas. It is proposed that individual mycorrhizal roots act most strongly as carbon sinks early in their life and that there is a progressive reduction in the amount of photosynthate translocated to them as they age.