Finding fungal ecological strategies: Is recycling an option?

Amy E. Zanne*, Jeff R. Powell, Habacuc Flores-Moreno, E. Toby Kiers, Anouk van 't Padje, William K. Cornwell

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    High-throughput sequencing (e.g., amplicon and shotgun) has provided new insight into the diversity and distribution of fungi around the globe, but developing a framework to understand this diversity has proved challenging. Here we review key ecological strategy theories developed for macro-organisms and discuss ways that they can be applied to fungi. We suggest that while certain elements may be applied, an easy translation does not exist. Particular aspects of fungal ecology, such as body size and growth architecture, which are critical to many existing strategy schemes, as well as guild shifting, need special consideration in fungi. Moreover, data on shifts in traits across environments, important to the development of strategy schemes for macro-organisms, also does not yet exist for fungi. We end by suggesting a way forward to add data. Additional data can open the door to the development of fungi-specific strategy schemes and an associated understanding of the trait and ecological strategy dimensions employed by the world's fungi.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number100902
    Pages (from-to)1-10
    Number of pages10
    JournalFungal Ecology
    Early online date26 Dec 2019
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020


    We thank the reviewers of our original manuscript for providing useful comments. Support for this work came from the National Science Foundation (DEB: 1623040 , “MacroMycoFunc - Forming an integrated understanding of function across fungi” and DEB: 1655759 ; “Collaborative Research: NSFDEB-NERC: Tropical deadwood carbon fluxes: Improving carbon models by incorporating termites and microbes” to AEZ), Australian Research Council Discovery Grant ( DP160103765 : “Closing the carbon cycle: an ecological understanding of wood decay” to WKC, JRP, and AEZ), and European Research Council ( ERC 335542 to ETK).

    FundersFunder number
    National Science Foundation1623040, 1655759
    Seventh Framework Programme335542
    European Research Council
    Australian Research CouncilDP160103765


      • Animals
      • Diversity
      • Ecological strategy schemes
      • Fungi
      • Guilds
      • Imputation
      • Nutritional modes
      • Phylogeny
      • Plants
      • Traits


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