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A study of Chytridiales from Victorian and other Australian soils

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In a study of Australian soil Chytridiales, with particular emphasis on Victorian forms, there were further indications of a definite distribution pattern of these aquatic fungi related to soil conditions. A fairly prolific (in terms of number of species present) low pH micro-flora was obtained from krasnozem, podzol and rainforest soils, in contrast to a rather meagre high pH micro-flora obtained from black earth, mallee and red-brown earth soils. The ecology of the species Rhizophylyctis rosea was studied intensively using a crudely quantitative method which involved the addition of liquid nutrient amendments to the collected soil samples. The results indicated that R. rosea was very widespread but not ubiquitous in the natural soils investigated and that it was selectively favoured in soils which had received fertilizer (e.g. superphosphate) treatment.

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Willoughby, L.G. A study of Chytridiales from Victorian and other Australian soils. Archiv. Mikrobiol. 52, 101–131 (1965). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00407722

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