, Volume 93, Issue 3, pp 449–451

Ammonia formation and soil pH increase caused by decomposing fruitbodies of macrofungi

  • T. Ingelög
  • H.-Ö. Nohrstedt
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DOI: 10.1007/BF00317891

Cite this article as:
Ingelög, T. & Nohrstedt, HÖ. Oecologia (1993) 93: 449. doi:10.1007/BF00317891


The formation of gaseous compounds from decomposing fruibodies of three common macrofungi was qualitatively analysed. It was shown that significant production of ammonia took place. When the fruitbodies were decomposing on the surface of a podzolic forest floor more than 90% of the ammonia produced was absorbed by the soil, causing soil pH to increase.

Key words

Ammonia Fungi Fruitbody Forest floor pH 

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© Springer-Verlag 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Ingelög
    • 1
  • H.-Ö. Nohrstedt
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Ecology and Environmental ResearchSwedish University of Agricultural SciencesUppsalaSweden
  2. 2.The Forestry Research Institute of SwedenUppsalaSweden

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