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Elemental composition and degree of homeostasis of fungi: are aquatic hyphomycetes more like metazoans, bacteria or plants?

Danger, Michael and Chauvet, Eric Elemental composition and degree of homeostasis of fungi: are aquatic hyphomycetes more like metazoans, bacteria or plants? (2013) Fungal Ecology, vol. 6 (n° 5). pp. 453-457. ISSN 1754-5048

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.funeco.2013.05.007

Abstract

Ecological stoichiometry generally assumes that heterotrophs have a higher degree of ele- mental homeostasis than autotrophs. Differences between fixed consumer nutrient requirements and nutrients available in resources allow prediction of the intensity of nutrient recycling ensured by heterotrophs. Despite their fundamental role in detritus decomposition, extremely few data are currently available on fungal elemental composition. In this study, we quantified the degree of elemental homeostasis of aquatic hyphomycetes used as model organisms. Contrary to metazoans, but similar to plants, aquatic hyphomy- cetes exhibited highly plastic elemental compositions. Mycelium also reached far higher C/ nutrient ratios than reported for bacteria. Our results suggest that non-homeostasis of fungi should be explicitly included in stoichiometric models dealing with nutrient recycling, and that the discrepancy in homeostasis between some bacterial strains and fungi should cer- tainly be considered when investigating interactions between both groups of decomposers.

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Additional Information:Thanks to Elsevier editor. The definitive version is available at http://www.sciencedirect.com The original PDF of the article can be found at Thermochimica Acta website : http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/17545048
HAL Id:hal-00957838
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - INPT (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UPS (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université de Lorraine (FRANCE)
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Deposited By: Eric Chauvet
Deposited On:11 Mar 2014 09:56

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