Effect of mycorrhization on growth and physiology performance of Quercus species


  • Awatef SLAMA University of Carthage, National Research Institute of Rural engineering, Water and Forests INRGREF, Laboratory of Management and Valorization of Forest Resources, BP 10 Ariana 2080 (TN)
  • Sondes FKIRI University of Carthage, National Research Institute of Rural engineering, Water and Forests INRGREF, Laboratory of Management and Valorization of Forest Resources, BP 10 Ariana 2080 (TN)
  • Faten MEZNI University of Carthage, National Research Institute of Rural engineering, Water and Forests INRGREF, Laboratory of Management and Valorization of Forest Resources, BP 10 Ariana 2080 (TN)
  • Boutheina STITI University of Carthage, National Research Institute of Rural engineering, Water and Forests INRGREF, Laboratory of Management and Valorization of Forest Resources, BP 10 Ariana 2080 (TN)
  • Julio SALCEDO-CASTRO Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania (UTAS) (AU)
  • Issam TOUHAMI University of Carthage, National Research Institute of Rural engineering, Water and Forests INRGREF, Laboratory of Management and Valorization of Forest Resources, BP 10 Ariana 2080 (TN)
  • Marwa KHAMMASSI University of Carthage, National Research Institute of Rural engineering, Water and Forests INRGREF, Laboratory of Management and Valorization of Forest Resources, BP 10 Ariana 2080 (TN)
  • Abdelhamid KHALDI University of Carthage, National Research Institute of Rural engineering, Water and Forests INRGREF, Laboratory of Management and Valorization of Forest Resources, BP 10 Ariana 2080 (TN)
  • Zouheir NASR University of Carthage, National Research Institute of Rural engineering, Water and Forests INRGREF, Laboratory of Management and Valorization of Forest Resources, BP 10 Ariana 2080 (TN)




biomass, carbon assimilation, climate change, inoculation, Mediterranean region, Quercus sp., Terfezia boudieri


The development of mycorrhiza could contribute to strengthening the resilience of forest ecosystems to climate change. Several mycorrhizal fungi are known for their valuable effect in increasing plant performances and adaptation to stressful environmental conditions. Thereby, this research aims to investigate how Terfezia boudieri (Chatin) mycorrhizal fungi affects the growth (primary root length, above-ground plant weight) and the physiological behaviour (net photosynthesis, responses to intercellular [CO2] and the intensity of photosyntically active radiation) of Quercus subsp. coccifera  and Q. suber L. Inoculated and non-inoculated seedlings of the two Quercus species were grown in one-liter pots in the greenhouse, with a temperature that ranged from 25 to 30 °C, natural lighting and an irrigation applied twice a week with top water. Results revealed that primary root length and the above-ground biomass increased with mycorrhization. In addition, mycorrhization promoted net photosynthesis (at 400 ppm and at saturation point), the apparent quantum yield, the water use efficiency, and the photosynthetic pigments contents. However, inoculation decreased the light compensation point for both species. Effectiveness of T. boudieri inoculation on Quercus sp. performance, highlights the potential of the mycorrhization process to improve forest management and resilience to climate change.


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SLAMA, A., FKIRI, S., MEZNI, F., STITI, B., SALCEDO-CASTRO, J., TOUHAMI, I., KHAMMASSI, M., KHALDI, A., & NASR, Z. (2023). Effect of mycorrhization on growth and physiology performance of Quercus species. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca, 51(4), 13290. https://doi.org/10.15835/nbha51413290



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