The role of fungi in the nutrition of stream invertebrates

  title={The role of fungi in the nutrition of stream invertebrates},
  author={Felix B{\"a}rlocher},
  journal={Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society},
  • F. Bärlocher
  • Published 1 July 1985
  • Biology
  • Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society
Dead leaves falling into streams are an important food source for many invertebrates. They are generally made more palatable and more nutritious if they are first colonized by aquatic hyphomycetes and other micro-organisms. At least two mechanisms appear to be responsible for this conditioning effect: microbial production (addition of easily digested microbial compounds to the nutritionally poor leaf substrate), and microbial catalysis (conversion of indigestible leaf substances into digestible… 

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