|Authors||W. Gams, H. Hooghiemstra|
|Title||Mortierella turficola Ling Yong|
|Journal||Persoonia - Molecular Phylogeny and Evolution of Fungi|
|Abstract||Several species of Mortierella described until 1930 are today unknown since living cultures are unavailable. The diagnoses of most of these species have been reproduced by Linnemann (in Zycha & Siepmann, 1970). but it is difficult to assess the justification of their retention. Recently Kuhlman & Hodges (1972) rediscovered M. rostafinskii Bref. and M. strangulata Tiegh., two similar but distinct species. This contribution concerns the rediscovery of another so far problematic species.|
During the study of the fungal flora of the Heseper Moor near Meppen, Niedersachsen, F. R. G., Mortierella turficola Ling Yong (1930) was found to be the predominating Mortierella species. A stand of Sphagnum recurvum P. Beauv. with some Eriophorum vaginatum L. (pH c. 4.8) was sampled on 28 June 1976 during a very hot period. Warcup’s soil plates were poured from various zones of decaying Sphagnum plants. Mortierella turficola appeared on 75% of the plates from the yellow zone at the foot of the living plants, on 85-100% of the plates from the underlaying brown zone and on 0-25% of the plates from the next, yellow zone at 8-10 cm below the surface of the living plants. Mortierella exigua Linnem. was once found in addition to M. turficola.
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