Dr. Sylvie Herrmann

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Dr. Sylvie Herrmann
Senior Scientist

Department of Community Ecology/Department of Soil Ecology
Helmholtz-Center for Environmental Research - UFZ
Theodor-Lieser-Str. 4 | 06120 Halle (Saale)
Germany

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sylvie.herrmann@ufz.de

Dr. Sylvie Herrmann

Research topics

    - Plant morphogenesis
    - Endogenous rhythmic growth
    - Rhizogenesis
    - in vitro
culture
    - Plant symbiosis
    - Ectomycorrhizas
    - Gene transcription and regulation
    - Multitrophic interactions

Ectomycorrhizal symbiosis and gene regulation

Pedunculate oak (Quercus robur L.) is a foundation forest tree species in the whole Northern hemisphere. Consecutively to forest degradation and after important storms, a reforestation research program was initiated in south of Germany in the 90s, with the goal to optimize the production of performing oak and beech saplings by replacing intensive fertilization in nurseries by inoculation with selected strains of symbiotic ectomycorrhizal fungi. In this frame Sylvie Herrmann started to work with the oak clone DF159 to get a continuous production of saplings by micropropagation in order to rationalize comparative performance tests of mycorrhizal fungal strains. 

Ectomycorrhiza
Ectomycorrhiza,
Photo: UFZ
Petri-dish system
Petri dish system,
Photo: UFZ
Piloderma croceum
Piloderma croceum,
Photo: UFZ



The preliminary established petri dish model system enabled us to investigate the interplays between mycorrhizal symbiosis and the expression of the endogenous rhythmic growth, a developmental trait characteristic of oak trees characterized by alternating shoot and root growth flushes. Based on the observation that inoculation of DF159 oak microcuttings with the ectomycorrhizal fungus (EMF) Piloderma croceum markedly triggers plant growth already before the onset of mycorrhiza formation, this dual model system was selected to study the regulation of photosynthesis and differential expression of plant genes at early stages of mycorrhizal symbiosis in the frame of the DFG Research Unit MolMyk (1084).

Impact of endogenous rhythmic growth (ERG) on multitrophic interactions under controlled conditions – development of an oak phytometer

In the frame of the DFG research consortium TrophinOak , we adapted the microcosm system with in vitro propagated plants of the oak clone DF159 to study the impact of endogenous rhythmic growth (ERG) on the interplay between plant development and above- or below-ground multitrophic interactions. Transcriptome analyses and pulse labelling with stable isotopes enabled us to compare the effects of beneficial and detrimental organisms interacting with the oaks at different phases of the ERG in mycorrhizal versus non-mycorrhizal plants. The results of such lab analyses constitute a baseline for a “PhytOakmeter” project, to monitor the behavior of clonal oaks after their field release in tree biodiversity experiments (MyDiv) or under various climatic and land use conditions in TERENO sites and across Europe.

Oak micropropagation
Oak micropropagation, Photo: Sylvie Herrmann/UFZ
rooted microcuttings
Rooted microcuttings, Photo: Sylvie Herrmann/UFZ

Co-ordination of the TrophinOak/PhytOakmeter platform

These works done in particular in the frame of the DFG Research Unit MolMyk (1084) and the TrophinOak consortium led to the Oak Group that Sylvie Herrmann implemented at the UFZ in 2005 to develop the oak experimental platform TrophinOak/PhytOakmeter Logo TrophinOak and PhytOakmeter
The group is responsible for the “Oak DF159 micropropagation unit” and delivers all clonal oak microcutting and saplings used for lab and field experimentations in the frame of the TrophinOak/PhytOakmeter projects.


Research projects

Current projects
Adaption of oaks to abiotic and biotic pressure: iDiv flexpool grant in cooperation with Prof. Nicole van Dam
How do trees adapt to changing abiotic and biotic pressure during their long life? Using the endogenous rhythmic growth trait of oak trees to disentangle interplays between morphological, genetic and defense-metabolic plasticity.

Microbiome associated to roots of a clonal oak tree: DAAD supported grant
Molecular characterization of the microbiome in the root zone of a clonal oak tree used as an indicator system (PhytOakmeter) across different field sites in central Germany and Europe.
Completed projects
Ectomycorrhizal interactions with oak trees
Cross comparing molecular and physiological regulation in ectomycorrhizal interactions of different fungi with oak trees: a way to understand biodiversity emergence in symbioses.

TrophinOak - Multitrophic interactions with oaks
Gene regulation and resource allocation in oaks during multitrophic interactions.

Cooperations

  • Prof. Dr. Thorsten Grams  ( Email )

    Department of Ecology and Ecosystem Sciences, Ecophysiology of Plants, Technische Universität München von-Carlowitz-Platz 2, 85354 Freising,  Web

  • Prof. Dr. Rainer Matyssek  ( Email )
    Department of Ecology and Ecosystem Sciences, Ecophysiology of Plants, Technische Universität München, von-Carlowitz-Platz 2, 85354 Freising,  Web
  • Dr. Frank Fleischmann  ( Email )
    Department of Ecology and Ecosystem Sciences, Pathology of Woody Plants,Technische Universität München, von-Carlowitz-Platz 2, 85354 Freising,  Web
  • Prof. Dr. Liliane Ruess  ( Email )
    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Biologie, AG Ökologie, Philippstraße 13 10115 Berlin,  Web
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Scheu  ( Email )
    J.F. Blumenbach Institute of Zoology and Anthropology, Georg August University Goettingen, Berliner Str. 28, 37073 Goettingen,  Web
  • Prof. Roland Brandl  ( Email )

    Philipps-Universität Marburg FB Biologie / Lehrstuhl Allgemeine Ökologie und Tierökologie Karl-von-Frisch-Str., 35032 Marburg,  Web

  • Dr. Francis Martin, Dr. Annegret Koehler

    INRA Nancy (F),  Web

  • Dr. Antoine Kraemer, Dr. Christophe Plomion
    INRA Bordeaux Pierroton (F),  Web

  • Prof. Nicole van Dam  ( Email )

    German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Group: Molecular Interaction Ecology, Deutscher Platz 5e, 04103 Leipzig,  Web

  • Prof. Nico Eisenhauer  ( Email )

    German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Group: Experimental Interaction Ecology, Deutscher Platz 5e, 04103 Leipzig,  Web

  • Prof. Helge Bruelheide  ( Email )

    Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Institute of Biology / Geobotany and Botanical Garden, Am Kirchtor 1, 06108 Halle,  Web

  • Dr. Lars Opgenoorth  ( Email )

    Philipps-Universität Marburg , FB Biologie, Allgemeine Ökologie und Tierökologie, Biegenstraße 10, 35032 Marburg,  Web

  • Dr. Katrin Heer  ( Email )

    Philipps-Universität Marburg , FB Biologie, Naturschutzbiologie, Biegenstraße 10, 35032 Marburg,  Web

  • Prof. Jürgen Bauhus  ( Email )
    Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Professur für Waldbau, Tennenbacherstr. 4, 79085 Freiburg im Breisgau,  Web


Current Position

since 2005

Senior scientist
Department of Community Ecology (BZF)
Department of Soil Ecology (BOOEK)
at the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research - UFZ

Previous positions

2003 - 2005

Senior scientist, University of Leipzig (Department of Terrestrial Ecology)

1999 - 2003

Senior scientist, Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena (Department of Environmental Sciences, Institute of Ecology)

1996 - 1999

Scientist, Technical University of Braunschweig (Institute of Microbiology) (Germany)

1993 - 1996

Scientist, Federal Research Center of Agriculture in Braunschweig (Institute of Soil Biology) (Germany)

1990 - 1992

Scientist, University of Tübingen (Department of Botany/Mycology) (Germany)

Degrees / Formation

1982 - 1986

Doctoral thesis in plant biology, University Louis Pasteur of Strasbourg (F)
Contribution to the study of morphogenetical potentialities along the inflorescence of Phalaenopsis sp.: elaboration of an in vitro progagation procedure for Phalaenopsis orchids.

1998 - 1990

Postdoctoral fellowship "Marie Curie" EU , stage at the Department of Plant Chemistry of the University of Tübingen (D)
Characterization of plant regeneration stages from protoplasts for different potato lines (Solanum tuberosum L.) with isoenzymes, DNA methylation, and proteins. Use of RFLP techniques for identification of the regenerated potato lines


Selected publications

Maboreke, H.R., Graf, M., Grams, T.E.E., Herrmann, S., Scheu, S., Ruess, L., (2017):
Multitrophic interactions in the rhizosphere of a temperate forest tree affect plant carbon flow into the belowground food web
Soil Biol. Biochem. 115 , 526 – 536  Journal

Herrmann, S., Grams, T.E.E., Tarkka, M.T., Angay, O., Bacht, M., Bönn, M., Feldhahn, L., Graf, M., Kurth, F., Maboreke, H., Mailander, S., Recht, S., Fleischmann, F., Ruess, L., Schädler, M., Scheu, S., Schrey, S., Buscot, F. (2016):
Endogenous rhythmic growth, a trait suitable for the study of interplays between multitrophic interactions and tree development
Perspect. Plant Ecol. Evol. Syst. 19 , 40 - 48   Journal

Maboreke, H.R., Feldhahn, L., Bönn, M., Tarkka, M.T., Buscot, F., Herrmann, S., Menzel, R., Ruess, L. (2016):
Transcriptome analysis in oak uncovers a strong impact of endogenous rhythmic growth on the interaction with plant-parasitic nematodes
BMC Genomics 17 , art. 627  Journal

Herrmann, S., Recht, S., Boenn, M., Feldhahn, L., Angay, O., Fleischmann, F., Tarkka, M.T., Grams, T.E.E., Buscot, F. (2015):
Endogenous rhythmic growth in oak trees is regulated by internal clocks rather than resource availability
J. Exp. Bot. 66 (22), 7113 - 7127  Journal

Kohler, A., Kuo, A., Nagy, L.G., Morin, E., Barry, K.W., Buscot, F., Canbäck, B., Choi, C., Cichocki, N., Clum, A., Colpaert, J., Copeland, A., Costa, M.D., Doré, J., Floudas, D., Gay, D., Girlanda, M., Henrissat, B., Herrmann, S., Hess, J., Högberg, N., Johansson, T., Khouja, H.-R., La Butti, K., Lahrmann, U., Levasseur, A., Lindquist, E.A., Lipzen, A., Marmeisse, R., Martino, E., Murat, C., Chew, Y., Ngan, C.Y., Nehls, U., Plett, J.M., Pringle, A., Ohm, R.A., Perotto, S.P., Riley, R., Rineau, F., Ruytinx, J., Salamov, A., Shah, F., Sun, H., Tarkka, M., Tritt, A., Veneault-Fourrey, C., Zuccaro, A., Tunlid, A., Grigoriev, I.V., Hibbett, D.S., Martin, F. (2015):
Convergent losses of decay mechanisms and rapid turnover of symbiosis genes in mycorrhizal mutualists
Nature Genet. 47 , 410 - 415  Journal

Kurth, F., Feldhahn, L., Bönn, M., Herrmann, S., Buscot, F., Tarkka, M.T. (2015):
Large scale transcriptome analysis reveals interplay between development of forest trees and a beneficial mycorrhiza helper bacterium
BMC Genomics 16 , art. 658  Journal

Lesur, I., Le Provost, G., Bento, P., Da Silva, C., Leplé, J.-C., Murat, F., Ueno, S., Bartholomé, J., Lalanne, C., Ehrenmann, F., Noirot, C., Burban, C., Léger, V., Amselem, J., Belser, C., Quesneville, H., Stierschneider, M., Fluch, S., Feldhahn, L., Tarkka, M., Herrmann, S., Buscot, F., Klopp, C., Kremer, A., Salse, J., Aury, J.-M., Plomion, C. (2015):
The oak gene expression atlas: insights into Fagaceae genome evolution and the discovery of genes regulated during bud dormancy release
BMC Genomics 16 , art. 112  Journal

Angay, O., Fleischmann, F., Recht, S., Herrmann, S., Matyssek, R., Oßwald, W., Buscot, F., Grams, T.E.E. (2014):
Sweets for the foe – effects of nonstructural carbohydrates on the susceptibility of Quercus robur against Phytophthora quercina
New Phytol. 203 (4), 1282 - 1290  Journal

Tarkka, M.T., Herrmann, S., Wubet, T., Feldhahn, L., Recht, S., Kurth, F., Mailänder, S., Bönn, M., Neef, M., Angay, O., Bacht, M., Graf, M., Maboreke, H., Fleischmann, F., Grams, T.E.E., Ruess, L., Schädler, M., Brandl, R., Scheu, S., Schrey, S.D., Grosse, I., Buscot, F. (2013):
OakContigDF159.1, a reference library for studying differential gene expression in Quercus robur during controlled biotic interactions: use for quantitative transcriptomic profiling of oak roots in ectomycorrhizal symbiosis
New Phytol. 199 (2), 529 - 540  Journal

Herrmann, S., Buscot, F., (2007):
Cross talks at the morphogenetic, physiological and gene regulation levels between the mycobiont Piloderma croceum and oak microcuttings (Quercus robur) during formation of ectomycorrhizas
Phytochemistry 68 (1), 52 – 67  Journal

Herrmann S., Oelmüller R., Buscot F. (2004):
Manipulation of the onset of ectomycorrhiza formation by indole-3-acetic acid, activated charcoal or relative humidity in the association between oak microcuttings and Piloderma croceum: influence on plant development and photosynthesis
Journal of Plant Physiology 161, 509-517 EM formation with IAA, activated charcoal and relative humidity (153.4 KB)

Herrmann S., J.-C. Munch & F. Buscot (1998):
A gnotobiotic culture sytem with oak microcuttings to study specific effects of mycobionts on plant morphology before, and in the early stage of, ectomycorrhiza formation by Paxillus involutus and Piloderma croceum
New Phytologist 138, 203-212  Journal

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Artikel in ISI-gelisteten Zeitschriften (18)
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Artikel in ISI-gelisteten Zeitschriften (18)

  • Ferlian, O., Cesarz, S., Craven, D., Hines, J., Barry, K.E., Bruelheide, H., Buscot, F., Haider, S., Heklau, H., Herrmann, S., Herrmann, S., Kühn, P., Pruschitzki, U., Schädler, M., Wagg, C., Weigelt, A., Wubet, T., Eisenhauer, N., (2018):
    Mycorrhiza in tree diversity–ecosystem function relationships: conceptual framework and experimental implementation
    Ecosphere 9 (5), e02226
    Volltext (URL)
  • Ferlian, O., Biere, A., Bonfante, P., Buscot, F., Eisenhauer, N., Fernandez, I., Hause, B., Herrmann, S., Krajinski-Barth, F., Meier, I.C., Pozo, M.J., Rasmann, S., Rillig, M.C., Tarkka, M.T., van Dam, N.M., Wagg, C., Martinez-Medina, A., (2018):
    Growing research networks on mycorrhizae for mutual benefits
    Trends Plant Sci. 23 (11), 975 - 984
    Volltext (URL)
  • Eisenhauer, N., Herrmann, S., Hines, J., Buscot, F., Siebert, J., Thakur, M.P., (2018):
    The dark side of animal phenology
    Trends Ecol. Evol. 33 (12), 898 - 901
    Volltext (URL)
  • Maboreke, H.R., Graf, M., Grams, T.E.E., Herrmann, S., Scheu, S., Ruess, L., (2017):
    Multitrophic interactions in the rhizosphere of a temperate forest tree affect plant carbon flow into the belowground food web
    Soil Biol. Biochem. 115 , 526 - 536
    Volltext (URL)
  • Maboreke, H.R., Feldhahn, L., Bönn, M., Tarkka, M.T., Buscot, F., Herrmann, S., Menzel, R., Ruess, L., (2016):
    Transcriptome analysis in oak uncovers a strong impact of endogenous rhythmic growth on the interaction with plant-parasitic nematodes
    BMC Genomics 17 , art. 627
    Volltext (URL)
  • Herrmann, S., Grams, T.E.E., Tarkka, M.T., Angay, O., Bacht, M., Bönn, M., Feldhahn, L., Graf, M., Kurth, F., Maboreke, H., Mailander, S., Recht, S., Fleischmann, F., Ruess, L., Schädler, M., Scheu, S., Schrey, S., Buscot, F., (2016):
    Endogenous rhythmic growth, a trait suitable for the study of interplays between multitrophic interactions and tree development
    Perspect. Plant Ecol. Evol. Syst. 19 , 40 - 48
    Volltext (URL)
  • Lesur, I., Le Provost, G., Bento, P., Da Silva, C., Leplé, J.-C., Murat, F., Ueno, S., Bartholomé, J., Lalanne, C., Ehrenmann, F., Noirot, C., Burban, C., Léger, V., Amselem, J., Belser, C., Quesneville, H., Stierschneider, M., Fluch, S., Feldhahn, L., Tarkka, M., Herrmann, S., Buscot, F., Klopp, C., Kremer, A., Salse, J., Aury, J.-M., Plomion, C., (2015):
    The oak gene expression atlas: insights into Fagaceae genome evolution and the discovery of genes regulated during bud dormancy release
    BMC Genomics 16 , art. 112
    Volltext (URL)
  • Kurth, F., Feldhahn, L., Bönn, M., Herrmann, S., Buscot, F., Tarkka, M.T., (2015):
    Large scale transcriptome analysis reveals interplay between development of forest trees and a beneficial mycorrhiza helper bacterium
    BMC Genomics 16 , art. 658
    Volltext (URL)
  • Kohler, A., Kuo, A., Nagy, L.G., Morin, E., Barry, K.W., Buscot, F., Canbäck, B., Choi, C., Cichocki, N., Clum, A., Colpaert, J., Copeland, A., Costa, M.D., Doré, J., Floudas, D., Gay, D., Girlanda, M., Henrissat, B., Herrmann, S., Hess, J., Högberg, N., Johansson, T., Khouja, H.-R., La Butti, K., Lahrmann, U., Levasseur, A., Lindquist, E.A., Lipzen, A., Marmeisse, R., Martino, E., Murat, C., Chew, Y., Ngan, C.Y., Nehls, U., Plett, J.M., Pringle, A., Ohm, R.A., Perotto, S.P., Riley, R., Rineau, F., Ruytinx, J., Salamov, A., Shah, F., Sun, H., Tarkka, M., Tritt, A., Veneault-Fourrey, C., Zuccaro, A., Tunlid, A., Grigoriev, I.V., Hibbett, D.S., Martin, F., (2015):
    Convergent losses of decay mechanisms and rapid turnover of symbiosis genes in mycorrhizal mutualists
    Nature Genet. 47 , 410 - 415
    Volltext (URL)
  • Herrmann, S., Recht, S., Boenn, M., Feldhahn, L., Angay, O., Fleischmann, F., Tarkka, M.T., Grams, T.E.E., Buscot, F., (2015):
    Endogenous rhythmic growth in oak trees is regulated by internal clocks rather than resource availability
    J. Exp. Bot. 66 (22), 7113 - 7127
    Volltext (URL)
  • Caravaca, F., Maboreke, H., Kurth, F., Herrmann, S., Tarkka, M.T., Ruess, L., (2015):
    Synergists and antagonists in the rhizosphere modulate microbial communities and growth of Quercus robur L.
    Soil Biol. Biochem. 82 , 65 - 73
    Volltext (URL)
  • Kurth, F., Mailänder, S., Bönn, M., Feldhahn, L., Herrmann, S., Große, I., Buscot, F., Schrey, S.D., Tarkka, M.T., (2014):
    Streptomyces-induced resistance against oak powdery mildew involves host plant responses in defense, photosynthesis, and secondary metabolism pathways
    Mol. Plant-Microbe Interact. 27 (9), 891 - 900
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  • Angay, O., Fleischmann, F., Recht, S., Herrmann, S., Matyssek, R., Oßwald, W., Buscot, F., Grams, T.E.E., (2014):
    Sweets for the foe – effects of nonstructural carbohydrates on the susceptibility of Quercus robur against Phytophthora quercina
    New Phytol. 203 (4), 1282 - 1290
    Volltext (URL)
  • Tarkka, M.T., Herrmann, S., Wubet, T., Feldhahn, L., Recht, S., Kurth, F., Mailänder, S., Bönn, M., Neef, M., Angay, O., Bacht, M., Graf, M., Maboreke, H., Fleischmann, F., Grams, T.E.E., Ruess, L., Schädler, M., Brandl, R., Scheu, S., Schrey, S.D., Grosse, I., Buscot, F., (2013):
    OakContigDF159.1, a reference library for studying differential gene expression in Quercus robur during controlled biotic interactions: use for quantitative transcriptomic profiling of oak roots in ectomycorrhizal symbiosis
    New Phytol. 199 (2), 529 - 540
    Volltext (URL)
  • Kurth, F., Zeitler, K., Feldhahn, L., Neu, T.R., Weber, T., Krištůfek, V., Wubet, T., Herrmann, S., Buscot, F., Tarkka, M.T., (2013):
    Detection and quantification of a mycorrhization helper bacterium and a mycorrhizal fungus in plant-soil microcosms at different levels of complexity
    BMC Microbiol. 13 , art. 205
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  • Herrmann, S., Buscot, F., (2007):
    Cross talks at the morphogenetic, physiological and gene regulation levels between the mycobiont Piloderma croceum and oak microcuttings (Quercus robur) during formation of ectomycorrhizas
    Phytochemistry 68 (1), 52 - 67
    Volltext (URL)
  • Frettinger, P., Derory, J., Herrmann, S., Plomion, C., Lapeyrie, F., Oelmüller, R., Martin, F., Buscot, F., (2007):
    Transcriptional changes in two types of pre-mycorrhizal roots and in ectomycorrhizas of oak microcuttings inoculated with Piloderma croceum
    Planta 225 (2), 331 - 340
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  • Frettinger, P., Herrmann, S., Lapeyrie, F., Oelmüller, R., Buscot, F., (2006):
    Differential expression of two class III chitinases in two types of roots of Quercus robur during pre-mycorrhizal interactions with Piloderma croceum
    Mycorrhiza 16 (4), 219 - 223
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  • Herrmann, S., Buscot, F., (2008):
    Why and how using micropropagated trees rather than germinations for controlled synthesis of ectomycorrhizal associations?
    In: Varma, A., (ed.)
    Mycorrhiza. State of the art, genetics and molecular biology, eco-function, biotechnology, eco-physiology, structure and systematics
    Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, p. 439 - 466
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Herrmann, S., Oelmüller, R., Buscot, F. (2004):
Manipulation of the, onset of ectomycorrhiza formation by indole-3-acetic acid, activated charcoal or relative humidity in the association between oak microcuttings and Piloderma croceum: influence on plant development and photosynthesis
J. Plant Physiol. 161 (5), 509 - 517 EM formation with IAA, activated charcoal and relative humidity (153.4 KB)


Krüger, A., Peškan-Berghöfer, T., Frettinger, P., Herrmann, S., Buscot, F., Oelmüller, R. (2004):
Identification of premycorrhiza-related plant genes in the association between Quercus robur and Piloderma croceum
New Phytol. 163 (1), 149 - 157 Premycorrhiza-related plant genes Quercus-Piloderma (335.4 KB)


Buscot F., Herrmann S. (2004):
At the frontier between basidiomycotes and plants: reciprocal interactions between mycorrhiza formation and root development in an in vitro system with oaks and hymenomycetes
In: R. Agerer, M. Piepenbring & P. Blanz (eds.) Frontiers in Basidiomycote Mycology. IHW-Verlag. Eching, pp. 361-376 root ramification patterns and ectomycorrhization (864.6 KB)


Herrmann S., J.-C. Munch & F. Buscot (1998):
A gnotobiotic culture sytem with oak microcuttings to study specific effects of mycobionts on plant morphology before, and in the early stage of, ectomycorrhiza formation by Paxillus involutus and Piloderma croceum
New Phytologist 138, 203-212.


Caloin M., B. Clement & S. Herrmann (1991):
Regrowth kinetics of Dactylis glomerata following root excision
Annals of Botany 68, 435-440 Root regrowth kinetiks in Dactylis glomerata (449 KB)