Data from: Order of arrival structures arbuscular mycorrhizal colonization of plants

  • Gijsbert D.A. Werner (Contributor)
  • Toby Kiers (Contributor)



Priority effects – the impact of a species' arrival on subsequent community development – have been shown to influence species composition in many organisms. Whether priority effects among arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) structure fungal root communities is not well understood. Here, we investigated whether priority effects influence the success of two closely related AMF species (Rhizophagus irregularis and Glomus aggregatum), hypothesizing that a resident AMF suppresses invader success, this effect is time-dependent and a resident will experience reduced growth when invaded. We performed two glasshouse experiments using modified pots, which permitted direct inoculation of resident and invading AMF on the roots. We quantified intraradical AMF abundances using quantitative PCR and visual colonization percentages. We found that both fungi suppressed the invading species and that this effect was strongly dependent on the time lag between inoculations. In contrast to our expectations, neither resident AMF was negatively affected by invasion. We show that order of arrival can influence the abundance of AMF species colonizing a host. These priority effects can have important implications for AMF ecology and the use of fungal inocula in sustainable agriculture.,Werner_full_fungal_dataWerner_full_plant_dataWerner_Kiers_2014This R-script performs all the analyses reported in Werner et al. 2014 and generates the figures (with the exception of Figure 1). Very minor adaptations to the figures were made manually in Adobe Illustrator (move position of the legends, change colours etc.).,
Date made available1 Mar 2015
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