FUNGI ASSOCIATED WITH FREE-LIVING SOIL NEMATODES IN TURKEY


Karaborklu S., AYVAZ A., YILMAZ S., Azizoglu U.

ARCHIVES OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, vol.67, no.4, pp.1173-1183, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 67 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.2298/abs150204093k
  • Title of Journal : ARCHIVES OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
  • Page Numbers: pp.1173-1183

Abstract

Free-living soil nematodes have successfully adapted world-wide to nearly all soil types from the highest to the lowest of elevations. In the current study, nematodes were isolated from soil samples and fungi associated with these free-living soil nematodes were determined. Large subunit (LSU) rDNAs of nematode-associated fungi were amplified and sequenced to construct phylogenetic trees. Nematode-associated fungi were observed in six nematode strains belonging to Acrobeloides, Steinernema and Cephalobus genera in different habitats. Malassezia and Cladosporium fungal strains indicated an association with Acrobeloides and Cephalobus nematodes, while Alternaria strains demonstrated an association with the Steinernema strain. Interactions between fungi and free-living nematodes in soil are discussed. We suggest that nematodes act as vectors for fungi.