Seasonal Variations of Soil Fungi Isolated from the Rhizosphere of Liriodendron tulipifera L.
Seasonal variation exists among the variety of organisms within an ecosystem, but few studies show such variation among soil fungi, except for obvious structures like mushrooms. Soil fungi that are active during a particular season may not be active during other seasons. When unable to compete with other fungi or to adapt to soil conditions, many soil fungi form spores or other resistant structures that are capable of remaining dormant until conditions necessary for germination are present. To better understand the role of fungi in the soil, the presence or absence of seasonal variation should be determined. The present study was initiated to determine whether seasonal variation occurred among the fungi isolated from the soil surrounding two tulip poplars (Liriodendron tulipifera L., also called tulip tree and yellow poplar; see Chapters 4.4 and 5.2).
KeywordsSoil fungi seasonality decomposers strip-bait rhizosphere populations Liriodendron tulipifera spores active fungi inactive fungi
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