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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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Althfinal report, National Science Foundation grant GA-31899ough marine fungi have been studied since the mid 1800's, there have been relatively few physiological-ecological studies concerning the role of the fungi in the marine environment. Most studies have dealt with lignicolous or sediment-inhabiting fungi (see Johnson and Sparrow, 1961). After the importance of detritus in estuarine energy flow had been established (see Odum and de la Cruz, 1967 for references), there have been a number of papers dealing with the mycoflora of decomposing Spartina (see Gessner and Goos, 1973 a, b) and the mangrove (see Fell and Master, 1973; Newell, 1973). In these studies, lists of fila~entous· fungi and the number of times these· fungi were isolated were presented and their possible roles were discussed. There have been no attempts, as far as I am aware, to study the physiological capacities of these isolates of saprophytic filamentous fungi. Thus, there have been a few synecological and still fewer autecological studies of the fungi involved in marine or estuarine detritus formation.


Final report, National Science Foundation grant GA-31899


Marine fungi



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