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Introduction TO FUNGAL ECOLOGY

Theme - How do fungi exist in their natural habitats?

The key to understanding distribution and diversity of fungi relates to available energy. Fungi are found wherever organic carbon is available. The presence of carbon compounds determines the distribution of most heterotrophic microbes. Where organic carbon is common, a variety of fungi will be present, and will be competing using a diversity of mechanisms. In addition, the specific attributes of the habitat will influence which species proliferate at the site, and how successful they are. These aspects contribute to how we might approach conservation of fungi, and restoration of fungal attributes to degraded or disturbed habitats.

This section is broken into the following topics:

Life strategies

Response to Disturbance

Competition Between Fungi

Conservation

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