Griffiths, R. 2005. Mycorrhizal map sampling data in different age class plots of Douglas-fir forests, Andrews Experimental Forest, 1992-2005. Long-Term Ecological Research. Forest Science Data Bank, Corvallis, OR. [Database]. Available: http://andlter.forestry.oregonstate.edu/data/abstract.aspx?dbcode=SP030. Accessed 2023-12-11.
Data were provided by the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest research program, funded by the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research Program (DEB 2025755), US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, and Oregon State University.
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Ectomycorrhizal mats in forest soils have a wide global distribution and are apparently important to nutrient cycling. Since little known about the factors influencing their distribution we have conducted one of the first studies attempting to define the factors influencing mat distribution. We chose to study distribution patterns of mat-forming ectomycorrhizal fungi of the genera Hysterangium and Gautieria in coniferous forests of the Pacific northwestern United States by mapping ectomycorrhizal mats and other forest floor features in 2 x 10 meter plots and digitized into a Geographical Information System (GIS) for spatial pattern analysis.
Distribution was measured in terms of mat size, size variability and shape, total mat cover per stand age, nearest neighbor distances, and correlation with understory vegetation and tree age using the digitized plot mats. While GIS analysis indicated that Hysterangium and Gautieria did not physically overlap, there appears to be a tendency for clustering of mats. No apparent correlations were observed between forest floor features and mats located within the 2 x 10 meter grids. Mat distributions were found to vary temporally; total mat area, size and frequency differed for Hysterangium and Gautieria mats when comparing young, mature and old-growth stands. The GIS analysis has been reported by Griffiths et. al. 1996 (Pub 2251) and the digitized plot maps on which these analyses were based are available in this data set.