Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Matta, Frank B.

Committee Member

Nagel, David

Committee Member

Ingram, David M.

Committee Member

Silva, Juan L.

Committee Member

Sloan, R. Crofton

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Ericoid Mycorrhizal fungi have been shown to form symbiotic associations with Erious plants and increase nutrients uptake by the plant. The objective of this study was to assess the potential of two ericoid mycorrhizal isolates Oidiodendron maius and Pezizella ericae as potential sources of inoculant for rabbiteye blueberry (Vaccinium ashei) and to assess the variation in consistency and degree of ericoid mycorrhizal fungi colonization within rabbiteye blueberry (Vaccinium ashei). Field trials were conducted in 2012 in Verona, MS at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center. In this study data was collected on fruit yield, leaf tissue nutrient concentration, leaf tissue nitrogen concentration, and percent colonization of root tissue. Ericoid mycorrhizal fungal isolates Oidiodendron maius and Pezizella ericae showed no influence on rabbiteye blueberry (Vaccinium ashei) during this study.