Ectomycorrhizal fungal spores in the mounds of tropical Australian termites (isoptera)

Spain, Alister V., Gordon, Victoria, Reddell, Paul, and Correll, Ray (2004) Ectomycorrhizal fungal spores in the mounds of tropical Australian termites (isoptera). European Journal of Soil Biology, 40 (1). pp. 9-14.

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Abstract

The spores of ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungi are shown to occur regularly within the mounds of grass-, litter- and wood-feeding termites in Australian savannah and forest environments, except in closed-forest environments lacking putative ECM host species. The spore population densities in mound materials are substantially greater and the communities more diverse at the generic level than those of soils adjacent to putative hosts. Many genera are common to both locations. Some implications of the presence of these fungi for nutrient flow and local diversity are considered.

Item ID: 9367
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1778-3615
Keywords: Isoptera; Termitaria; Ectomycorrhizae; fungi; spores
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2010 05:29
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0503 Soil Sciences > 050303 Soil Biology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences @ 100%
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