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Fungal species numbers and decomposition of rabbit feces
- Wicklow, D.T., Yocom, D.H.
- Transactions of the British Mycological Society 1981 v.76 no.pt.1 pp. 29
- Podospora, Sordaria, Coprinus, Ascodesmis, coprophilous organisms, fungi, ecological competition, species diversity, rabbits, feces, biodegradation, microbial growth, mycelium, sporulation, composting
- Evidence is presented that additions of fungal species to herbivore dung result in a decreased ability of microflora to utilize substrate. When two or more species of coprophilous fungi were combined in rabbit feces, fecal decomposition rates were limited to the slower of rates recorded when the same species were incubated separately. A reduced decomposition rate could enable slower-growing and later-appearing species to secure the substrate resources necessary for mycelial growth and sporulation.