Biology and Fertility of Soils

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 131–134 | Cite as

Fungal abundance and diversity in earthworm casts and in uningested soil

  • S. C. Tiwari
  • R. R. Mishra


Earthworm casts and adjacent uningested soil from 30 different locations were compared to determine the abundance and diversity of fungal species. The casts contained larger fungal populations (g-1 dry soil weight) and numbers of fungal species than the soil. Variations in these parameters between casts and soil were statistically significant (P=0.05). Fungal populations and the number of fungal species in casts and soil also varied significantly (P=0.05) between samples from different locations. A total of 27 fungal species were recorded from the casts and soil. Indices of dominance (0.084 casts; 0.14 soil) and general diversity (2.53 casts; 2.02 soil) demonstrated that the casts displayed more diverse fungal flora than the soil. The diversity of fungal species increased in earthworm casts after passing through the earthworm gut.

Key words

Abundance Diversity Fungi Earthworm casts Uningested soil Pineapple 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. C. Tiwari
    • 1
  • R. R. Mishra
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Botany, School of Life SciencesNorth-Eastern Hill UniversityShillongIndia

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