Genetic Structure of Cantharellus formosus Populations in a Second-Growth Temperate Rain Forest of the Pacific Northwest

Regina S. Redman, Judith Ranson, Rusty J. Rodriguez

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Cantharellus formosus growing on the Olympic Peninsula of the Pacific Northwest was sampled from September – November 1995 for genetic analysis. A total of ninety-six basidiomes from five clusters separated from one another by 3 - 25 meters were genetically characterized by PCR analysis of 13 arbitrary loci and rDNA sequences. The number of basidiomes in each cluster varied from 15 to 25 and genetic analysis delineated 15 genets among the clusters. Analysis of variance utilizing thirteen apPCR generated genetic molecular markers and PCR amplification of the ribosomal ITS regions indicated that 81.41% of the genetic variation occurred between clusters and 18.59% within clusters. Proximity of the basidiomes within a cluster was not an indicator of genotypic similarity. The molecular profiles of each cluster were distinct and defined as unique populations containing 2 - 6 genets. The monitoring and analysis of this species through non-lethal sampling and future applications is discussed.


Pacific golden chanterelle; ectomychorrhizal fungi; molecular analysis; PCR



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