Home Publications Tree Planters' Notes Tree Planters' Notes Volume 64, Number 1 (2021) Mycorrhizal Status and Mycorrhizal Colonization Potential of Rhizospheric Soils Around Introduced and Natural Argan Trees in Northwest Morocco

Mycorrhizal Status and Mycorrhizal Colonization Potential of Rhizospheric Soils Around Introduced and Natural Argan Trees in Northwest Morocco

Soil and root samples were collected from the rhizosphere of planted and natural argan trees growing in the Bounaga and Smimou sites, respectively, in northwest Morocco. Frequency and intensity of mycorrhization and arbuscular content of the roots of argan trees varied between sites. Spore morphotypes on the two sites belonged to 14 species and 6 genera (Acaulospora, Gigaspora, Glomus, Entrophospora, Scutellospora and Pacispora). The number of infectious propagules of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) in the rhizospheric soils of argan trees at the two sites was estimated using the most probable number method (MPN). These results demonstrate that introduced argan trees form symbiotic AMF. Mycorrhizal inoculation of argan plants at the nursery stage may be beneficial, especially for harsh sites.


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Author(s): S. Maazouzi, J. Aoujdad, K. Selmaoui, S. El Gabardi, M. Artib, S. Elantry, M. Ouajdi, M. Bellaka, B. Kerdouh, A. Ouazzani Touhami, R. Benkirane, A. Douira

Publication: Tree Planters' Notes - Volume 64, Number 1 (2021)

Volume: 64

Number: 1

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