geoscience.net logo
+ Resolve Article
+ Follow Us
Follow on FacebookFollow on Facebook
Follow on TwitterFollow on Twitter

+ Translate
+ Subscribe to Site Feed
GeoScience Most Shared ContentMost Shared Content

Effects of coniferous resin on fungal biomass and mineralisation processes in wood ant nest materials


, : Effects of coniferous resin on fungal biomass and mineralisation processes in wood ant nest materials. Biology and fertility of soils0(3): 251-257

Wood ants (Formica rufa group) often bring large quantities of conifer resin to their mounds. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that the resin acts as a fungicide and thereby reduces C and N mineralisation. Two laboratory incubation experiments were carried out using two different materials: F/H layer from a Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) stand and mixed litter from Scots pine and Norway spruce (Picea abies) stands. We estimated the effects of resin addition on fungal biomass and on the rates of C and N mineralisation. Addition of resin to the F/H material caused an increase in fungal biomass and C mineralisation, whereas N mineralisation decreased. Addition of resin to litter material did not significantly affect fungal biomass or C and N mineralisation. The results indicate that rather than having a fungicidal effect, resin acts as a C source that increases C mineralisation (mainly from the resin itself) and decreases net N mineralisation. The latter factor might be important in preventing plants dependent on inorganic N from invading and covering the ant mounds.

US$19.90

DOI: 10.1007/s003740050616


Other references

Miller, J.L.; Eimas, P.D., 1996: Internal structure of voicing categories in early infancy. It is well established that young infants process speech in terms of perceptual categories that closely correspond to the phonetic categories of adult language users. Recently, Kuhl (1991) has provided evidence that this correspondence is not limi...

Teleni, E., 1993: Energy expenditure and nutrient requirement of working animals. The nutrient requirements of working cattle, including cows, are reviewed under the headings: Workload and energy expenditure; Nutrient requirements; and Meeting nutrient requirements.

Molina, L.M.; D.D.ego, J.A.; Simón, P.; Bujan, J.; Cañizo, J.F.; Gea, M.; García Calvo, M.; Delgado, I.; Fernández Represa, J.A.; Balibrea, J.L., 1982: Incorporation of tritiated thymidine into nuclear DNA in the rat liver during regeneration. Revista Espanola de Las Enfermedades del Aparato Digestivo 62(4): 273-278

Ryder, C.F., 1963: The chronic disease era. Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association 4: 96-101

Karlsson M.G.; Werner J.W.; Mcintyre H.C.H., 1990: Temperature during early development affects plant morphology of begonia hiemalis. Hortscience 25(9): 1086

Gallagher, B.J.; Lynn, J.F.; Swartwood, F.Adelbe, T., 1952: Notes on the history of medicine in Waseca county prior to 1901; Frederick Adelbert Swartwood. Minnesota Medicine 35(8): 761-762

Becker, W., 1957: Vacuum heat-exchanger for organic liquids such as milk, fruit juices, etc.. This specification deals with a heat-exchanger in which the pre-heating of the incoming product is effected by condensation of vapours produced during evaporative cooling of the treated milk. Various versions of suitable equipment are described.

Schannwell, C.M.; Schoebel, F.C.; Poelitz, B.; Heggen, S.; Schmitz, M.; Leschke, M.; Strauer, B.E., 1996: Diastolic left ventricular function in patients with refractory angina pectoris after low-dose intermittent urokinase therapy. Annals of Hematology 73(SUPPL 1): S62

Gries, M.W., 1980: Continuing education and occupational health nursing: a value analysis. Occupational Health Nursing 28(11): 13-17

Taniguchi, T.; Sawada, S-Ichi., 2017: Stochastic boundary approaches to many-particle systems coupled to a particle reservoir. Stochastic boundary conditions for interactions with a particle reservoir are discussed in many-particle systems. We introduce the boundary conditions with the injection rate and the momentum distribution of particles coming from a particle reserv...