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    Author(s): Jon H. Connolly; Walter C. Shortle; Jody Jellison
    Date: 1999
    Source: Canadian Journal of Botany 77:179-187
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Northeastern Research Station
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    The white-rot wood decay fungus Resinicium bicolor (Abertini & Schwein.: Fr.) Parmasto was studied for its ability to solubilize and translocate ions from the naturally occurring mineral strontianite. Resinicium bicolor colonized a soil mixture culture medium containing strontianite sand, solubilized strontium ions from this mineral phase, translocated the ions vertically, and reprecipitated the strontium into strontium-containing calcium oxalate crystals. Storage of the Sr in crystals was highest in mycelial cords and was dynamic in character. These results suggest that non-mycorrhizal saprotrophic fungi should be evaluated for their potential participation in forest nutrient cycling via biologically weathering parent material and translocating the mobilized mineral nutrients vertically within soils.

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    Connolly, Jon H.; Shortle, Walter C.; Jellison, Jody. 1999. Translocation and incorporation of strontium carbonate derived strontium into calcium oxalate crystals by the wood decay fungus Resinicium bicolor. Canadian Journal of Botany 77:179-187


    fungi, strontium, calcium oxalate, translocation, soil, minerals nutrient cycling

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