Publication Date

1968

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Grosklags, James H.||Bullington, Robert A. (Robert Adrian), 1908-2001

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)

Department

Department of Biological Sciences

LCSH

Soil fungi

Abstract

An analysis of the microfungal flora of the soil at the region of lowest elevation in the prairie restoration area of Morton Arbor at Lisle, Illinois was conducted. This analysis constituted the initial phase of a long range program designed to determine the changes within the microfungal flora accompanying the conversion of the higher vegetation from cultivated and weedy plants to native prairie plants. A total of 1,946 Isolates, considered to represent 292 species, were obtained by the dilution plate method employing Martin's medium. The Fungi Imperfecti, and the Penicillia in particular were abundant. The most frequently isolated species were: Aspergillus fumigatus, Penicillium corylophilum, an unidentified representative of the Dematiaceae, Penicillium steckili, Penicillium sp. III, Verticillium candelabrum, and Trichoderma viride. Species of Rhizopus, Aspergillus (Aspergillus terreus), Cephalosporium, and Spicaria (Spicaria violacea) were also found, but much less frequently. These results have been compared with those of similar studies, and conjecture has been advanced concerning the composition of the fungal community after the establishment of the prairie.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references.||Includes illustration and map.

Extent

v, 56 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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