Ectomycorrhizal habit of Cedrus deodara roots in beneficial association with Inocybe pallidicremea (Inocybaceae) and Tricholoma psammopus (Tricholomataceae) from the Kashmir Himalayas, India

Munruchi Kaur, Hilal Ahmad Rather, Amandeep Kaur


The present article interpret morphological and anatomical detailing of the ectomycorrhizal feeder roots of Cedrus deodara symbiotically associated with two lamellate taxa viz. Inocybe pallidicremea Grund & D.E. Stuntz, and Tricholoma psammopus(Kalchbr.) Quél. weredocumented for the first time from India. Morpho-anatomic investigations were undertakan in the temperate forests of Kashmir Himalayas, India, where Cedrus deodara dominantly flourishes. The putative ectomycorrhizal (ECM) association between sporophores and roots of Cedrus deodara were carried out with the help of standard methodology. The presently examined colonized ECM roots revealed distinct differences in the shape organisation and differences in colour tone of ectomycorrhizal system, mantle surface texture, emanating elements like cystidial organisation, anatomy of mantle layers and colour reactions of ECM roots with different chemical reagents. The present work is illustrated with microphotographs along with Camera Lucida drawings to evaluate mycorrhizal investigation


Cedrus deodara; lamellate taxa; Ectomycorrhiza, Kashmir Himalaya

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