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Soil fungal community composition does not alter along a latitudinal gradient through the maritime and sub-Antarctic

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Stephen Rushton, Professor Anthony O'Donnell


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We investigated the relationships between fungal community composition, latitude and a range of physicochemical parameters in 58 soils sampled from a 2370 km latitudinal gradient between South Georgia (54 S, 38 W) in the sub-Antarctic and Mars Oasis (72 S, 68 W) on Alexander Island in the southern maritime Antarctic. Our study, which is based on approximately ten times the number of samples used in previous similar studies, indicates that latitude and its associated environmental parameters are not related to fungal community composition. Significant changes in the composition of soil fungal communities were observed in relation to gradients of the ratio of total organic carbon to nitrogen, and, to a lesser extent, soil pH. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd and The British Mycological Society.

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Author(s): Dennis PG, Rushton SP, Newsham KK, Lauducina VA, Ord VJ, Daniell TJ, O'Donnell AG, Hopkins DW

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 9th International Mycological Congress

Year of Conference: 2012

Pages: 403-408

ISSN: 1754-5048

Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


DOI: 10.1016/j.funeco.

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Series Title: Fungal Ecology

ISBN: 18780083