Fluorescence Digital Image Gallery

Pine Root

Many pine tree roots are parasitized by ectomycorrhizal fungi. Although these fungi can sometimes cause a tree to die, many live symbiotically with the trees, enhancing water and nutrient (particularly phosphorus) uptake. In return, the trees provide carbohydrates for the fungi. Some ectomycorrhizal fungus species produce edible mushrooms, such as porcini and matsutake. Matsutake (matsu = pine; take = mushroom) is the collective Japanese common name for these mushrooms. Matsutake has been considered an autumn delicacy in Japan for hundreds of years and fills a niche in the Japanese gourmet market similar to truffles in Europe.


© 1995-2013 by Michael W. Davidson and The Florida State University. All Rights Reserved. No images, graphics, software, scripts, or applets may be reproduced or used in any manner without permission from the copyright holders. Use of this website means you agree to all of the Legal Terms and Conditions set forth by the owners.
This website is maintained by our
Graphics & Web Programming Team
in collaboration with Optical Microscopy at the
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.
Last modification: Monday, Dec 01, 2003 at 12:59 PM
Access Count Since April 30, 2003: 8687
Microscopes provided by:
Visit the Nikon website. Visit the Olympus Microscopy Resource Center website.