Micro-fungi in Pine Litter

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ALTHOUGH a certain amount of work has been carried out on the microbiological characteristics of horizons in podzol soils, there is as yet little relating to the subdivisions of the A 0 horizon. In any such work there are obvious advantages in studying litter derived from a single species. Plantations of Pinus sylvestris have the added advantage that slow decomposition of the litter leads to the accumulation of a considerable A 0 horizon readily divisible into distinct layers. The A 0 horizon of forest soils can be subdivided in the following way : L layer, undecomposed litter; F layer, decomposing but still recognizable litter; H layer, amorphous humus. In cases of considerable accumulation the F layer may be further subdivided into F1, needles dark in colour, often still intact, and F2, needles greyish, fragmentary, compressed1.

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  1. 1

    Kubiena, W. L., “The Soils of Europe” (London, 1953).

  2. 2

    Hughes, S. J., Mycological Papers No. 43 (Commonwealth Mycological Institute, Kew, Surrey, 1951).

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KENDRICK, W. Micro-fungi in Pine Litter. Nature 181, 432 (1958) doi:10.1038/181432a0

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