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

Paul G Dennis, Steven P Rushton, Kevin K Newsham, Vito A Lauducina, Victoria J Ord, Timothy J Daniell, Anthony G O'Donnell, David William Hopkins

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    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. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd and The British Mycological Society.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)403-408
    Number of pages6
    JournalFungal Ecology
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012

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