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

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>10/1993
<mark>Journal</mark>Biology and Fertility of Soils
Issue number4
Number of pages3
Pages (from-to)296-298
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


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.