Biology and Fertility of Soils

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 266–268

Grazing preferences of some collembola for endomycorrhizal fungi

  • T. Thimm
  • O. Larink
Short Communication

DOI: 10.1007/BF00336171

Cite this article as:
Thimm, T. & Larink, O. Biol Fertil Soils (1995) 19: 266. doi:10.1007/BF00336171


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

CollembolaColour-marked foodFood selectionSoil fungiVesicular-arbuscular mycorrhiza

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© Springer-Verlag 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Thimm
    • 1
  • O. Larink
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für ZoologieTechnische Universität BraunschweigBraunschweigGermany