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Nutrient piracy: evidence for the role of litter-trapping fungi in forest nutrient cycling in Sabah, Malaysia

J. L. SNADDON, V. K. CHEY, W. A. FOSTER

Abstract


Litter-trapping fungi are abundant in forest canopies across the tropics. By
intercepting litter fall, these fungal systems have been shown to be important in supporting the diverse arthropod community in lowland forest. These fungal litter-trapping systems are also likely to influence nutrient cycling. This study, carried at the Danum Valley Field Centre, Sabah, Malaysia, compares the decomposition of litter within these fungal systems with litter on the forest floor. Results show that while decomposition was lower in the canopy there was a significant increase in mass loss with fungal attachment to the litter.

Keywords


Danum Valley; decomposition; forest canopy; fungi; leaf litter; rainforest

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