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Effect of organic matter enrichment on the fungal community in limestone cave sediments

E. L. S. Marques, Dias, J. C. T., Silva, G. S., Pirovani, C. P., Rezende, R. P., Marques, E. L. S., Dias, J. C. T., Silva, G. S., Pirovani, C. P., and Rezende, R. P., Effect of organic matter enrichment on the fungal community in limestone cave sediments, vol. 15, p. -, 2016.

Caves are considered major touristic attractions. The management plans of many such caves include limiting the number of visitors; however, the human impact on microbial communities within caves is rarely considered. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of human-transferred organic matter on the fungal microcosms growing on cave sediments. Samples were collected from a Brazilian limestone cave and cultured with 0.25 or 0.5% 1:1 (w/w) beef and yeast extract (simulating organic matter) under laboratory conditions.

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