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Soil fungal community composition does not alter along a latitudinal gradient through the maritime and sub-Antarctic

Dennis, Paul G.; Rushton, Steven P.; Newsham, Kevin K.; Lauducina, Vito A.; Ord, Victoria J.; Daniel, Timothy J.; O'Donnell, Anthony G.; Hopkins, David W.. 2012 Soil fungal community composition does not alter along a latitudinal gradient through the maritime and sub-Antarctic. Fungal Ecology, 5 (4). 403-408. 10.1016/j.funeco.2011.12.002

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Abstract/Summary

We investigated the relationships between fungal community composition, latitude and a range of physicochemical parameters in 58 soils sampled from a 2370 km latitudinal gradient between South Georgia (54°S, 38°W) in the sub-Antarctic and Mars Oasis (72°S, 68°W) on Alexander Island in the southern maritime Antarctic. Our study, which is based on approximately ten times the number of samples used in previous similar studies, indicates that latitude and its associated environmental parameters are not related to fungal community composition. Significant changes in the composition of soil fungal communities were observed in relation to gradients of the ratio of total organic carbon to nitrogen, and, to a lesser extent, soil pH.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/j.funeco.2011.12.002
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Polar Science for Planet Earth (2009 - ) > Ecosystems
ISSN: 1754-
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Corrigendum to “Soil fungal community composition does not alter along a latitudinal gradient through the maritime and sub-Antarctic” Fungal Ecology (2012) 5 (4) 403–408. The authors regret having overlooked a spelling mistake in the name of one authors Vito A. Laudicina. “Lauducina” should be spelt “Laudicina”. The authors would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Additional Keywords: Antarctica, C:N ratio, extreme environments, latitudinal gradient, pH, soil fungal community composition
Date made live: 17 Aug 2012 08:45
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/19288

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