Mechanisms implicated in the ecological success of polymorphic fungi in metal-polluted habitats

G. M. Gadd (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    Abstract

    Polymorphic fungi like Aureobasidium pullulans possess a number of attributes that can determine survival in the presence of heavy-metal concentrations which may be toxic to other microorganisms. An important physiological property is the possession of reduced cation uptake systems; morphological responses include the formation of resistant melanized cell structures. The frequent occurrence of A. pullulans in metalpolluted habitats is readily explained in the light of these findings.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)531-536
    Number of pages6
    JournalEnvironmental Technology Letters
    Volume2
    Issue number11
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 1981

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