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Biology and Fertility of Soils

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 296–298 | Cite as

The diet and food preferences of Onychiurus procampatus (Collembola) from upland grassland soils

  • R. D. Bardgett
  • J. B. Whittaker
  • J. C. Frankland
Article

Abstract

Specimens of Onychiurus procampatus (Collembola) observed grazing on fungal mycelia were collected from the surface soil of three differently manged upland grasslands. A general trend of an increasing proportion of Collembola with a full gut was found along a gradient of reduced sheep management intensity, which was correlated with increased fungal biomass. In the laboratory, this collembolan showed a consistent order of preference for the mycelium of seven common fungal species isolated from the field sites.

Key words

Collembola Food preferences Grassland Fungi Gut contents 

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© Springer-Verlag 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. D. Bardgett
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. B. Whittaker
    • 1
  • J. C. Frankland
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Division of Biological SciencesUniversity of LancasterLancasterUK
  2. 2.Institute of Terrestrial EcologyMerlewood Research StationGrange-over-SandsUK

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