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The role of fungi in weathering

  • E Hoffland
  • T W Kuyper
  • Håkan Wallander
  • C Plassard
  • A A Gorbushina
  • K Haselwandter
  • S Holmström
  • R Landeweert
  • U S Lundström
  • A Rosling
  • R Sen
  • M M Smits
  • P A van Hees
  • N van Breemen
Publishing year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 258-264
Publication/Series: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Volume: 2
Issue: 5
Document type: Journal article review
Publisher: Ecological Society of America

Abstract english

No rock at the Earth's surface escapes weathering. This process is the primary source of all the essential elements for organisms, except nitrogen and carbon. Since the onset of terrestrial life, weathering has been accelerated under the influence of biota. The study of biological weathering started at the end of the 19th century. Although the role of bacteria (Eubacteria, Archaea) has attracted a lot of interest, until recently the role of fungi has largely been neglected. More recently, however, fungal weathering has become an increasingly important focus of biogeochemical research.


  • Biological Sciences


  • Microbial Ecology
  • ISSN: 1540-9309
Håkan Wallander
E-mail: hakan [dot] wallander [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se



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