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The diet and food preferences of Onychiurus procampatus (Collembola) from upland grassland soils.

Bardgett, R. D. and Whittaker, J. B. and Frankland, J. C. (1993) The diet and food preferences of Onychiurus procampatus (Collembola) from upland grassland soils. Biology and Fertility of Soils, 16 (4). pp. 296-298. ISSN 0178-2762

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Abstract

Specimens of Onychiurus procampatus (Collembola) observed grazing on fungal mycelia were collected from the surface soil of three differently manged upland grasslands. A general trend of an increasing proportion of Collembola with a full gut was found along a gradient of reduced sheep management intensity, which was correlated with increased fungal biomass. In the laboratory, this collembolan showed a consistent order of preference for the mycelium of seven common fungal species isolated from the field sites.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Biology and Fertility of Soils
Uncontrolled Keywords: Collembola - Food preferences - Grassland - Fungi - Gut contents
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 23474
Deposited By: Mrs Yaling Zhang
Deposited On: 23 Jan 2009 12:33
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:10
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/23474

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