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The soil my coflora of an Acacia karroo Community in the Western Transvaal

M. C. Papendorf
Bothalia | Vol 12, No 1 | a1385 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v12i1.1385 | © 1976 M. C. Papendorf | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 November 1976 | Published: 10 November 1976

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M. C. Papendorf,, South Africa

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A survey of the composition and distribution of the soil mycoflora of an  Acacia karroo Community in the Potchefstroom area was undertaken. A total of 858 sporulating cultures representing 76 genera and 144 species was recovered from this soil. The majority belong in the Fungi Imperfecti and only a limited number of Zygomycetes and Ascomycetes and no Oomycetes or Basidiomycetes were recorded. Members of the genera Penicillium and Aspergillus were the most abundant. The greatest concentration of individuals and species occurred in the surface layers and a rapid decrease in numbers was noticeable with increasing depth. The nature of this flora suggests a close correlation with the natural plant cover and the existing ecological conditions.


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