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The diet and food preferences of Onychiurus procampatus (Collembola) from upland grassland soils.

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Journal publication date10/1993
JournalBiology and Fertility of Soils
Number of pages3
Original languageEnglish


Specimens of Onychiurus procampatus (Collembola) observed grazing on fungal mycelia were collected from the surface soil of three differently manged upland grasslands. A general trend of an increasing proportion of Collembola with a full gut was found along a gradient of reduced sheep management intensity, which was correlated with increased fungal biomass. In the laboratory, this collembolan showed a consistent order of preference for the mycelium of seven common fungal species isolated from the field sites.