Substrate quality drives fungal necromass decay and decomposer community structure under contrasting vegetation types

Katilyn Beidler, Richard Phillips, Erin Andrews, François Maillard, Ryan Mushinski & Peter Kennedy
1. Fungal mycelium is increasingly recognized as a central component of soil biogeochemical cycling, yet our current understanding of the ecological controls on fungal necromass decomposition is limited to single sites and vegetation types. 2. By deploying common fungal necromass substrates in a temperate oak savannah and hardwood forest in the midwestern USA, we assessed the generality of the rate at which high- and low-quality fungal necromass decomposes; further, we investigated how the decomposer ‘necrobiome’...
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