Short Communication

Biology and Fertility of Soils

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 266-268

Grazing preferences of some collembola for endomycorrhizal fungi

  • T. ThimmAffiliated withInstitut für Zoologie, Technische Universität Braunschweig
  • , O. LarinkAffiliated withInstitut für Zoologie, Technische Universität Braunschweig

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Abstract

The ability of five collembolan species to distinguish and graze selectively on vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhiza (VAM) has been verified. Four species preferred the food infected by VAM fungi. All collembolan species showed more of less significant preferences for one species/isolate of the VAM fungi.

Key words

Collembola Colour-marked food Food selection Soil fungi Vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhiza