Connecting plant–microbial interactions above and belowground: a fungal endophyte affects decomposition

@article{Lemons2005ConnectingPI,
  title={Connecting plant–microbial interactions above and belowground: a fungal endophyte affects decomposition},
  author={Alisha Lemons and Keith Clay and Jennifer A. Rudgers},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2005},
  volume={145},
  pages={595-604}
}
Mutualisms can strongly affect the structure of communities, but their influence on ecosystem processes is not well resolved. Here we show that a plant–microbial mutualism affects the rate of leaf litter decomposition using the widespread interaction between tall fescue grass (Lolium arundinaceum) and the fungal endophyte Neotyphodium coenophialum. In grasses, fungal endophytes live symbiotically in the aboveground tissues, where the fungi gain protection and nutrients from their host and often… CONTINUE READING
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