Cardiff University | Prifysgol Caerdydd ORCA
Online Research @ Cardiff 
WelshClear Cookie - decide language by browser settings

Threesomes destabilise certain relationships: multispecies interactions between wood decay fungi in natural resources

Hiscox, Jennifer, Savoury, Melanie, Selin, Toledo, Kingscott-Edmunds, James, Bettridge, Aimee, Nasra, Al Waili and Boddy, Lynne ORCID: 2017. Threesomes destabilise certain relationships: multispecies interactions between wood decay fungi in natural resources. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 93 (3) , fix014. 10.1093/femsec/fix014

[thumbnail of fix014pub.pdf]
PDF - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (2MB) | Preview


Understanding interspecific interactions is key to explaining and modelling community development and associated ecosystem function. Most interactions research has focused on pairwise combinations, overlooking the complexity of multispecies communities. This study investigated three-way interactions between saprotrophic fungi in wood and across soil, and indicated that pairwise combinations are often inaccurate predictors of the outcomes of multispecies competition in wood block interactions. This inconsistency was especially true of intransitive combinations, resulting in increased species coexistence within the resource. Further, the addition of a third competitor frequently destabilised the otherwise consistent outcomes of pairwise combinations in wood blocks, which occasionally resulted in altered resource decomposition rates, depending on the relative decay abilities of the species involved. Conversely, interaction outcomes in soil microcosms were unaffected by the presence of a third combatant. Multispecies interactions promoted species diversity within natural resources, and made community dynamics less consistent than could be predicted from pairwise interaction studies.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: antagonism, community dynamics, decomposer interactions, intransitivity, multispecies interactions, wood decay fungi
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0168-6496
Funders: NERC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 24 February 2017
Date of Acceptance: 6 February 2017
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2023 16:58

Citation Data

Cited 18 times in Scopus. View in Scopus. Powered By Scopus® Data

Actions (repository staff only)

Edit Item Edit Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics