Nutrient mobilization by plasmodium of myxomycete Physarum rigidum in deadwood

Yu Fukasawa, Yasuyuki Komagata, Shin ichi Kawakami

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    To assess the nutrient mobilization ability of myxomycete plasmodia in deadwood, a microcosm experiment was conducted. Alive or dead plasmodia of a common lignicolous myxomycete, Physarum rigidum, were inoculated on field-collected crushed wood powder of white-rot or brown-rot pine wood and incubated for 24 d. The activity of living plasmodia led to increased concentrations of Ca2+, K+, Mg2+, Na+, and Cl, but lower PO43– concentrations in the wood powder. For NO3 concentration, the effect of living plasmodia was negative in white-rotted wood but positive in brown-rotted wood. These results suggest that the plasmodium of P. rigidum has the ability to mobilize nutrients in deadwood.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)42-44
    Number of pages3
    JournalFungal Ecology
    Publication statusPublished - 2017 Oct


    • Calcium
    • Magnesium
    • Mineralization
    • Potassium
    • Slime mold
    • Sodium

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
    • Ecology
    • Ecological Modelling
    • Plant Science


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