Ecological studies of soil organisms with references to the decomposition of pine needles

  title={Ecological studies of soil organisms with references to the decomposition of pine needles},
  author={Katsunori Soma and Tomomi Saito},
  journal={Plant and Soil},
A study was made of the gut content composition ofPorcellio scaber Latr. in the coastal pine sites, and of feeding experiments on naturally occurring needles and artificially treated needles. The gut contents of isopods consisted mainly of fragmentary tissues of needles and subsidiarily of fungal hyphae. The proportion of fungi in the gut varied with the season of the year, the age of isopods and their habitats in relation to fungal density. The more the decay of needles proceeded, the more the… CONTINUE READING
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