Ergosterol as a measure of living fungal biomass: persistence in environmental samples after fungal death.

@article{MilleLindblom2004ErgosterolAA,
  title={Ergosterol as a measure of living fungal biomass: persistence in environmental samples after fungal death.},
  author={Cecilia Mille-Lindblom and Eddie von Wachenfeldt and Lars J Tranvik},
  journal={Journal of microbiological methods},
  year={2004},
  volume={59 2},
  pages={253-62}
}
The membrane lipid ergosterol is found almost exclusively in fungi, and is frequently used by environmental microbiologists as an indicator of living fungal biomass, based on the assumption that ergosterol is labile, and therefore rapidly degraded after the death of fungal hyphae. We studied the degradation of ergosterol in environmental samples without living fungi. Under the conditions used in this study, ergosterol was very stable both when added as a pure compound and when associated with… CONTINUE READING

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