Microbiology

, Volume 77, Issue 1, pp 107–111

Influence of Lumbricus terrestris earthworms on the structure of the yeast community of forest litter

Authors

  • A. M. Yurkov
    • Department of Soil ScienceMoscow State University
    • Department of Soil ScienceMoscow State University
  • A. V. Tiunov
    • Severtsov Institute of Ecology and EvolutionRussian Academy of Sciences
Experimental Articles

DOI: 10.1134/S0026261708010153

Cite this article as:
Yurkov, A.M., Chernov, I.Y. & Tiunov, A.V. Microbiology (2008) 77: 107. doi:10.1134/S0026261708010153

Abstract

The taxonomic structure of yeast communities was studied in forest litter and soil, as well as in substrates transformed by the activity of Lumbricus terrestris earthworms (leaves in heaps, the gut contents, and coproliths). The activity of L. terrestris has a weak effect on the total yeast abundance but results in substantial changes in the community taxonomic composition. The share of ascomycetous yeasts is significantly higher in the substrates associated with the activity of earthworms. The teleomorphic ascomycetes Williopsis saturnus were isolated from the gut contents. The effect of earthworms on the composition of the yeast community in the process of forest litter destruction is more pronounced than seasonal changes.

Key words

yeastssoil invertebratesmicrobial communitiesforest litterTilia cordataburrow worms
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