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Mycorrhizal fungi show regular community compositions in natural ecosystems

Verbruggen, E., Sheldrake, M., Bainard, L.D., Chen, B., Ceulemans, T., De Gruyter, J., Van Geel, M. (2018). Mycorrhizal fungi show regular community compositions in natural ecosystems, 12(2), 380-385. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ismej.2017.169

Abstract

© 2018 International Society for Microbial Ecology All rights reserved 1751-7362/18. Dissimilarity overlap curve analysis has shown that â € universality' is a common feature in many complex microbial communities, suggesting that the same taxa interact in a similar manner when shared between communities. We present evidence that arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, common plant root symbionts, show universal community compositions in natural ecosystems and that this pattern is conserved even at larger spatial scales. However, universality was not detected in agricultural ecosystems potentially implying that agricultural symbiont communities are formed in a different manner.

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