Leaves as islands for microbes

  title={Leaves as islands for microbes},
  author={Linda L. Kinkel and John H. Andrews and Flora M. Berbee and Erik V. Nordheim},
The equilibrium theory of island biogeography provided a framework for describing the colonization of apple leaf ‘islands’ by filamentous fungi. Surface sterilization of living leaves in situ by hydrogen peroxide allowed the colonization process to be followed from its inception. Numbers of species of filamentous fungi per leaf fluctuated from 6 to 21 during the first 2 weeks of colonization and equilibrated at about 12 by the third week. Turnover occurred in species composition at equilibrium… CONTINUE READING
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