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Mycelium-mediated transfer of water and nutrients stimulates bacterial activity in dry and oligotrophic environments [Nature Communications]

Keywords : ecosystem ecology, fungal ecology, soil microbiology

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Fungal–bacterial interactions are highly diverse and contribute to many ecosystem processes. Their emergence under common environmental stress scenarios however, remains elusive. Here we use a synthetic microbial ecosystem based on the germination of Bacillus subtilis spores to examine whether fungal and fungal-like (oomycete) mycelia reduce bacterial water and nutrient stress in an otherwise dry and nutrient-poor microhabitat.(...)

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