Distribution and abundance of fungi in the soils of Taylor Valley, Antarctica

Soil Biology and Biochemistry
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The occurrence and distribution of culturable fungi in Taylor Valley, Antarctica was assessed in terms of soil habitat. Soil transects throughout the valley revealed differential habitat utilization between filamentous and non-filamentous (yeast and yeast-like) fungi. In addition, there were significant differences in species distribution patterns with respect to soil pH, moisture, distance from marine coastline, carbon, chlorophyll a, salinity, elevation and solar inputs. Filamentous fungal abundance is most closely associated with habitats having higher pH, and soil moistures. These close associations were not found with yeast and yeast-like fungi demonstrating that yeast and yeast-like fungi utilize a broader range of habitat. An intensive survey of the Victoria Land is necessary to gain a better understanding of their role in soil functioning and nutrient cycling processes. ?? 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Distribution and abundance of fungi in the soils of Taylor Valley, Antarctica
Series title Soil Biology and Biochemistry
DOI 10.1016/j.soilbio.2006.02.016
Volume 38
Issue 10
Year Published 2006
Language English
Publisher American Society for Microbiology
Contributing office(s) Western Fisheries Research Center
Description 12 p.
First page 3083
Last page 3094
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