The aim of this paper is to analyse whether the functional diversity of the fungal community follows the environmental gradients as much as vascular plants. After determination of the Ellenberg's indicator values on the basis of 602 cormophyte species occurring in 110 permanent plots across Central Europe, the relation between soil fungi and the abiotic factors as defined by Ellenberg's indicators has been evaluated. The palynological assessment proves that not the fungal occurrence, but the concentration of fungal remains is the most appropriate tool to unravel causal links between the belowground microflora and the soil abiotic factors. The analyses show a striking dichotomy within the fungal community. First, the logarithms of fungal diversity and hyphal density show close but opposite relationships with light, moisture, soil reaction and nitrogen availability. Second, fungal functional groups show parallel, decreasing trends for soil reaction and nitrogen availability. Aside from the mycorrhizal network as a whole (ericoid, EM and AM), we demonstrate that the degree of ecological information supplied by the different trophic levels (litter-related fungi, fimicolous fungi, wood-related fungi and strictly ericoid mycorrhizal fungi) is much greater than expected from previous studies.
|Titolo:||Fungal functional diversity inferred along Ellenberg's abiotic gradients: Palynological evidence from different soil microbiota|
MULDER, Christian [Writing – Original Draft Preparation] (Corresponding)
|Data di pubblicazione:||2003|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|