In this study, we provide the first diversity assessment, based on the phylogenetic analysis of ITS sequence data, of the ectomycorrhizal genus Russula in an important alpine ecosystem. The area studied, a remote sustainable farmland/forestry habitat on the south of Tibetan Plateau, located in Xiaozhongdian, Northwest Yunnan, China, is critical to the east and southeast Asian ecosystem balance. Twenty Russula species were recovered, with Russula cyanoxantha being most common species. Conifer forests (Picea likiangensis and Pinus densata) and birch forests (Betula platyphylla) have similar species diversity, which is higher than in mixed forests (Picea likiangensis, Betula platyphylla, Lyonia and Rhododendron decorum), suggesting the preferred hosts of Russula are Picea likiangensis, Pinus densata and Betula platyphylla.
1.Chinese Acad Sci, Kunming Inst Bot, Key Lab Econ Plants & Biotechnol, Kunming 650201, Peoples R China 2.East & Cent Asia, World Agroforestry Ctr, Kunming 650201, Peoples R China 3.Mae Fah Luang Univ, Inst Excellence Fungal Res, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand 4.Mae Fah Luang Univ, Sch Sci, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand 5.Mushroom Res Fdn, Chiang Mai 50150, Thailand
Guo,Jiayu;Karunarathna,Samantha C.;Mortimer,Peter E.;Xu,Jianchu;Hyde,Kevin D..Phylogenetic Diversity of Russula from Xiaozhongdian, Yunnan, China, Inferred from Internal Transcribed Spacer Sequence Data,CHIANG MAI JOURNAL OF SCIENCE,2014,41(4（S1） ):811-821