Mycorrhizae and orchid systematics

Scott Lyell Gardner slg at UNL.EDU
Wed Sep 3 10:38:12 CDT 2003

Monique et al.:

Check the books and extensive references by Daniel R. Brooks.  Also
search on Roderic D.M. Page.  Look up also Eric P. Hoberg, and for
gophers and lice look for Mark Hafner and others.

Subject:  coevoution/ cophylogeny/ cospeciation biogeography, etc...

Scott Gardner

Monique Reed wrote:

> There's a debate raging over at about whether mycorrhizae are useful for investigating the taxonomy of the Orchidaceae--e.g., "these two similar species of orchids must be different because one forms relationships solely with fungus X, while the other depends solely on Y."  So far, I don't think any orchid systematists or mycologists have weighed in on the subject.  I know that parasitology has been used to help fine-tune taxonomies in animals. Can anyone tell me if mycorrizal associations might have a similar use in orchid systematics?  Are there any literature references I might pursue?
> Monique Reed
> Herbarium Botanist
> Biology Department
> TAMU 3258
> Texas A&M University

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Scott Lyell Gardner, Ph.D.
Director, Harold W. Manter Laboratory of Parasitology
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0514

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