Acid deposition :: Devil's bolete

Latin name: 
Boletus satanas

Impact Type: Deposition of pollutant

Key Concerns:

Devil's bolete (Boletus satanus) is a mycorrhizal fungus which grows in strict association with beech trees, so any factors affecting tree health may reduce its vitality. In particular, acid deposition has been shown to mobilise aluminium which may lead to toxic effects. This is unlikely to be a problem for beech on calcareous sites where it is the climax species. Mycorrhizal are generally more tolerant of Al 3+ than tree roots, but fine root growth is particularly sensitive to acidity and Al3+.

Additional Comments:

Devil's Bolete is a brightly coloured fungus which is specifically associated with beech trees, and is declining throughout Europe. It is a priority BAP species, with the main sites being in south eastern England. Its distribution in the UK is not fully known. Further general information may be found under the heading Mycorrhizal fungi. 

Critical Load/level: 
Critical Load/ Level

No estimate available

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