Resource availability controls fungal diversity across a plant diversity gradient.

@article{Waldrop2006ResourceAC,
  title={Resource availability controls fungal diversity across a plant diversity gradient.},
  author={Mark P. Waldrop and Donald R. Zak and Christopher B. Blackwood and Casey D Curtis and David Tilman},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  year={2006},
  volume={9 10},
  pages={
          1127-35
        }
}
Despite decades of research, the ecological determinants of microbial diversity remain poorly understood. Here, we test two alternative hypotheses concerning the factors regulating fungal diversity in soil. The first states that higher levels of plant detritus production increase the supply of limiting resources (i.e. organic substrates) thereby increasing fungal diversity. Alternatively, greater plant diversity increases the range of organic substrates entering soil, thereby increasing the… CONTINUE READING
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