Saprophytes: Where Do They Come From?

"David Brayford ", IMI D.BRAYFORD at
Mon Mar 3 08:07:28 EST 1997

I might have missed the beginning of this conversation but, anyhow......, 
fungi have a whole range of ecological strategies involving a saprotrophic 
component, so there is no single answer to your questions.  For a good 
source of background information on this subject area check out the book:- 
 Cooke, R.C. & Rayner, A.D.M. (1984 - blimey, seems like yesterday, Alan). 
 Ecology of Saprotrophic Fungi.  Longman, London & New York, 415 pp.  ISBN 
0-582-44260-5.  Lots of interesting things therein.
Dave Brayford, IMI

To: mycology
Subject: Saprophytes: Where Do They Come From?
Date: 01 March 1997 8:51

Hello -

Sorry, Jessie, it's not that I disbelieve you at all, it's just that I
like to get second opinions.

My question is:  Where do saprophytes go when there is nothing dead
around?  Are they growing innocuously in living substrate until the
substrate dies and they take over?  If so, are they draining some
nutrients from the substrate and, thereby, weakening it somehow?  Or do
they just exist as spores that float around and don't actually germinate
until a suitable substrate is found?

Any answers and/or citations are appreciated!

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