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Aquatic Hyphomycete Communities Associated with Decomposing Alder Leaf Litter in Reference Headwater Streams of the Basque Country (northern Spain)

AuthorsPérez, Javier; Descals, Enric ; Pozo, Jesús
Issue Date2012
CitationMicrobial Ecology 64(2): 279-290 (2012)
AbstractThe community of aquatic hyphomycetes associated with decomposing alder leaf litter was studied during autumn-winter in nine headwater reference streams of the Basque Country (northern Spain). In order to study the spatial variability in composition and community structure, three streams from each of three different river basins were compared. The colonization dynamics and community changes throughout the decomposition process were also followed in three of the rivers (one per basin). The taxonomic richness and community structure of these fungi varied among rivers, including similar streams of a given watershed. However, neither species diversity nor total abundance was statistically related to environmental variables. Only the conidial production of two of the species, Flagellospora curvula and Lunulospora curvula appeared to be enhanced by nitrate availability in the water. The taxonomic richness and the reproductive activity (sporulation rate) were positively related to the leaf litter decomposition rate. The changes in conidial production along the process were similar for all the streams and helped explain leaf litter quality dynamics. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Identifiersdoi: 10.1007/s00248-012-0022-1
issn: 0095-3628
e-issn: 1432-184X
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