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Foraging by a wood-decomposing fungus is ecologically adaptive.

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We show that fungi that forage for wood do not conform to the paradigm of symmetric radial growth and grow asymmetrically by default. Asymmetry is further accentuated by contact with a resource that also partially polarizes growth in the direction of the resource. Despite marked changes at the perimeter, overall growth allocation on an area basis is, however, unchanged implying sophisticated regulation at the colony level. Using mathematical models, we show that this behaviour is best explain...

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10.1111/1462-2920.12216

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Plant Sciences
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Plant Sciences
Role:
Author
Journal:
Environmental microbiology
Volume:
16
Issue:
1
Pages:
118-129
Publication date:
2014-01-01
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EISSN:
1462-2920
ISSN:
1462-2912
Source identifiers:
418545
Language:
English
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uuid:3cb40ee4-7b8b-4eac-b6f0-c92729ae3a41
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pubs:418545
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2013-11-17

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