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Fungi make rainforests diverse

January 24, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

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This video says about itself:

Decay rules! Fungi are critical in the decomposition of deadwood and recycling of nutrients – watch this example from a Neotropical rainforest.

From Wildlife Extra:

Microscopic fungi is revealed as the crucial factor in regulating diversity in the world’s rainforests

An Oxford and Sheffield Universities joint research team has discovered that fungi regulate diversity in rainforests by making dominant species victims of their own success.

“In the plant world, close relatives make bad neighbours,” said Dr Owen Lewis of the Oxford University Department of Zoology. “Seedlings growing near plants of the same species are more likely to die, and we now know why. It has long been suspected that something in the soil was responsible, and we’ve now shown that fungi play a crucial role. It’s astonishing to see microscopic fungi having such a profound effect on entire rainforests.

Fungi prevent any single species…

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