Post-mining recovery of native heaths (Epacridaceae)
The report provides a sound understanding of an ericoid endophyte associated with members of the Epacridaceae (Western Australian native heaths) in both soil and axenic culture, and describes for the first time a new method enabling resynthesis of the association. It details the occurrence and diversity of native heath – associated ericoid endophytes with special reference to the nature and location of inocula in the soil profile and the effects of soil or vegetation disturbance on the survival of ericoid fungi. Wide occurrence of the endophytic association in most species and high incidence in the roots of host plants suggest it may play a crucial role in the post-mining recruitment of epacrids.
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