Public Description of Rhizopogon Fr. & Nordholm

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Name: Rhizopogon Fr. & Nordholm
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Taxonomic Classification:

Domain: Eukarya
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Boletales
Family: Rhizopogonaceae

General Description:

Rhizopogon is a genus of hypogeous Basidiomycetes. Recent micromorphological and molecular phylogenetic study has established that Rhizopogon is a member of the Boletales, closely related to Suillus.1 All species of Rhizopogon are ectomycorrhizal and are thought to play an important role in the ecology of coniferous forests. R. luteolus was deliberately introduced into Pinus radiata plantations in Western Australia to improve tree growth in the early part of the 20th century.


Ectomycorrhizal with conifers, mostly pine, so it occurs worldwide with pine, but most common in the Pacific Northwest.2



2 Grubisha LC, Trappe JM, Molina R, Spatafora JW, “Biology of the ectomycorrhizal genus Rhizopogon. VI. Re-examination of infrageneric relationships inferred from phylogenetic analyses of ITS sequences”, Mycologia 94(4):607-19 (2002)

Description author: Erlon (Request Authorship Credit)
Description editor: Joseph D. Cohen

Created: 2013-11-04 01:03:06 CST (-0500) by Erlon (Herbert Baker)
Last modified: 2014-07-21 00:18:05 CDT (-0400) by Joseph D. Cohen (Joe Cohen)
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