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Priority effects during fungal community establishment in beech wood

Hiscox, Jennifer, Savoury, Melanie, Muller, Carsten T. ORCID:, Lindahl, Björn D., Rogers, Hilary J. ORCID: and Boddy, Lynne ORCID: 2015. Priority effects during fungal community establishment in beech wood. ISME Journal 9 , pp. 2246-2260. 10.1038/ismej.2015.38

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Assembly history of fungal communities has a crucial role in the decomposition of woody resources, and hence nutrient cycling and ecosystem function. However, it has not been clearly determined whether the fungal species that arrive first may, potentially, dictate the subsequent pathway of community development, that is, whether there is a priority effect at the species level. We used traditional culture-based techniques coupled with sequencing of amplified genetic markers to profile the fungal communities in beech (Fagus sylvatica) disks that had been pre-colonised separately with nine species from various stages of fungal succession. Clear differences in community composition were evident following pre-colonisation by different species with three distinct successor communities identified, indicating that individual species may have pivotal effects in driving assembly history. Priority effects may be linked to biochemical alteration of the resource and combative ability of the predecessor.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Additional Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Publisher: Springer Nature
ISSN: 1751-7362
Funders: NERC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 6 February 2015
Last Modified: 02 May 2023 22:28

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