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Fate of some fungal spores associated with wheat straw decomposition on passage through the guts of Lumbricus terrestris and Aporrectodea longa.

Moody, Sandra A. and Piearce, Trevor G. and Dighton, John (1996) Fate of some fungal spores associated with wheat straw decomposition on passage through the guts of Lumbricus terrestris and Aporrectodea longa. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 28 (4-5). pp. 533-537.

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Abstract

The effect of passage through the earthworm gut on the viability of spores of saprotrophic fungi was found to vary depending on fungal and earthworm species. Of 5 fungal species fed to Lumbricus terrestris L., the spores of two (Fusarium lateritium Nees, and Agrocybe temulenta (Fries)) failed to germinate after gut passage, while germination of Trichoderma sp. and Mucor hiemalis Wehmer was significantly reduced. A similar fate was recorded for F. lateritium and M. hiemalis spores on passage through the gut of Aporrectodea longa (Ude), however in the case of Chaetomium globosum Kunze there was a significant increase in spore germination after transit through A. longa. The germination of spores of M. hiemalis increased after abrasion by soil particles in a peristaltic pump simulating the mechanical action of the earthworm gut. In contrast germination of this species was significantly reduced when spores were exposed to intestinal fluids from L. terrestris.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Soil Biology and Biochemistry
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 22141
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 17 Feb 2009 14:25
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:56
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/22141

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