Turkish Journal of Biology




Fifteen soil samples taken from the Bird Paradise National Park in Bandırma were investigated using the soil dilution plate and soil washing methods. Thirty-three species and four different sterile microfungal taxa were identified. Twenty-eight of these species belonged to the Hyphomycetes and 5 to the Mucorales. The genus with the highest species diversity found in the study area was Penicillium, represented by 16 species. Some chemical properties of the soil samples were also established. Quantitative analysis based on the soil dilution plate method revealed a statistically significant difference between soil samples subjected to the rising water level of the lake (21,500 microfungi propagules per gram oven-dried soil) and samples not influenced by fluctuating water levels (314,000 microfungi propagules).


Soil, Microfungi, Bird Paradise, Turkey

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