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Insights into fungal communities colonizing the acarosphere in a forest soil habitat

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Werner, Sebastian ; Peršoh, Derek ; Rambold, Gerhard:
Insights into fungal communities colonizing the acarosphere in a forest soil habitat.
In: Mycological Progress. Vol. 17 (2018) Issue 9 . - pp. 1067-1085.
ISSN 1861-8952
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11557-018-1414-5

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Knowledge on the diversity and ecology of microfungi associated with soil-dwellingmites is rather limited. To get insights into associations between the two highly diversegroups, we studied composition and potential function of mite-associated fungalcommunities occurring in soil. Two different mite species living in temperate regionpine forest soil were screened for associated fungi. The fungal community wasassessed by RFLP analyses in a predatory (Leptogamasus obesus) and apredominantly saprobic (Oppiella subpectinata) mite species as well as in the organicsoil layer. Key fungi were identified by sequencing, and community composition wasexemplarily compared between the RFLP and a 454 metabarcoding approach.Composition of the fungal communities differed between mite species and betweenmites and organic soil layer. The mites were predominantly associated withZygomycota, less frequently with Ascomycota, and rarely with Basidiomycota. The bulksoil was colonized by roughly equal proportions of the three phyla. Predominantlyfungal taxa restricted to mites showed chitinolytic activity. Compositional and functionaldifferences between the communities suggest that mites represent a particularmicrohabitat for fungi, the 'acarosphere'. This mobile habitat may contribute to nutrientcycling by combining fungal and animal decomposition activities and serve as vectorfor soil-inhabiting fungi.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER145989
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Professorship Mycology
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Professorship Mycology > Professorship Mycology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard Rambold
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2019 11:23
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2019 11:23
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/48281