Mycorrhizal partners of Diphasiastrum spp. – are fungi involved in a nutrient network?

Duration of the project

01.07.2020. - 15.11.2020.

Countries and institutions involved in the project

Life Sciences Center, Vilnius University
Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology, University of Greifswald

Project Manager

Dr. Radvile Rimgaile-Voicik

Project goals

The research was centered on the identification of possible players of the fungal web in endangered mycotrophic plants, focusing on the oldest extant land plants (genus Diphasiastrum, flat-branched club mosses).

Main activities and venues

  1. Identification of suitable sampling plots in Lithuania, Varėna District, Vilnius University field station in Puvočiai.
  2. Student field trip with participants from Vilnius and Greifswald universities to sample plant roots and soil from the selected plots, Vilnius University field station in Puvočiai accompanied by lectures in mycology
  3. Joint work for DNA extraction and preparation of samples for metabarcoding, Greifswald.

Direct and indirect target groups

Direct: members of Prof. Martin Schnittler‘s and Dr. Radvile Rimgaile-Voicik‘s research groups (up to 20 persons), teaching staff and students (up to 20 persons) of the involved partner universities at BSc and MSc level.

Indirect: approx. 15 employees of Life Science Center (Vilnius, Lithuania) and University Greifswald, Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology.