To assess the effect of fire frequency and time-since-last-fire in Themede triandra-dominated graslands on soil fungal communities.
Type of Study:
Fire disturbance explained only a small amount of observed variation in fungal community composition, and >20% of unique OTUs were present in each sample.Thus each grassland remnant contains a distinctive mycobiome. Therefore, each grassland site should be considered of high conservation value for fungi and further studies are required to investigate the full range of fungal taxonomic and trophic groups in temperate Australian grasslands.
Two fire factors: fire frequency (1–2 years, 2–3 years and >3 years for FR1, FR2 and FR3, respectively) and time-since-last-fire (1 month, 3–6 months, 6–8 months and >18 months for T1, T2, T3 and T4, respectively)
Changes in fungal community composition should be taken into account when assessing the impact of land management strategies in temperate grasslands.
NMDS, ANOSIM, SIMPER, ANOSIM, Shannon-Wiener index, the Margalef index, Pielou index.
Response variable :
Soil fungal communities
Egidi, Eleonora, et al. (2016) Fire regime, not time-since-fire, affects soil fungal community diversity and composition in temperate grasslands. Fems microb. Lett. 363.17.