Collection location: Belfast, Mpumalanga, South Africa [Click for map]
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I’m especially pleased to know that your are tracking the ecology; so the identification (if possibe) and DNA, etc. will be connected to ecology.
We are also speculating on how the symbiosis originated. Apparently the pine trees are propagated under controlled conditions to maintain wood quality. The possibility of an SA strain is not impossible. Seeing that we are stil new in this field we would like to share the specimen in order to gain more information.
Although pine trees are not indigenous to SA they play a key part in our sustainable forestry industry. We still need to investigate exactly how the symbiosis start.
looks like pine needles on the ground, to me.
isn’t pine an imported sp. to Africa?
I have never been completely clear whether the reports refer to imported European species (probably as a symbiont of an oak or othe European tree) or a native South Africa species. I noticed that you have preserved a specimen. Would you be willing to share a portion of it?