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Location, location, location: priority effects in wood decay communities may vary between sites

Hiscox, Jennifer, Savoury, Melanie, Johnston, Sarah R., Parfitt, David, Muller, Carsten Theodor ORCID:, Rogers, Hilary Joan ORCID: and Boddy, Lynne ORCID: 2016. Location, location, location: priority effects in wood decay communities may vary between sites. Environmental Microbiology 18 (6) , pp. 1954-1969. 10.1111/1462-2920.13141

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Priority effects are known to have a major influence on fungal community development in decomposing wood, but it has not yet been established whether these effects are consistent between different geographical locations. Here, beech (Fagus sylvatica) wood disks that had been pre-colonised with three wood decay basidiomycetes were placed in seven woodland sites with similar characteristics for 12-24 months, and the successor communities profiled using culture-based techniques coupled with amplicon sequencing. On the majority of sites assembly history differed as a result of primary versus secondary resource capture only (i.e. different communities developed in uncolonised control disks compared to those that had been pre-colonised), but on certain sites distinct successor communities followed each pre-coloniser species. This study provides preliminary evidence that differences in abiotic factors and species pools between sites can cause spatial variation in how priority effects influence wood decay communities.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Subjects: Q Science > QK Botany
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1462-2912
Funders: NERC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 15 November 2015
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2024 08:37

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