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Effect of silicic acid and other silicon compounds on fungal growth in oligotrophic and nutrient-rich media

Wainwright, M., AlWajeeh, K. and Grayston, S.J. (1997) Effect of silicic acid and other silicon compounds on fungal growth in oligotrophic and nutrient-rich media. Mycological Research, 101 (8). pp. 933-938. ISSN 1473-5504

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Abstract

Mycelium grew from a spore-mycelial inoculum of Aspergillus oryzae added to ultra-pure water (upw) containing silicon compounds, but did not grow in upw alone. Growth of other fungi also occurred in upw only when silicon compounds were added. Increased growth of A. oryzae, and other fungi, also followed the addition of silicic acid and other silicon compounds to Czapek Dox. Aspergillus oryzae solubilized silicon compounds in both upw and nutrient-rich media. Although interactions between microorganisms and silicon have been generally neglected, the results show that silicon compounds can increase fungal growth under both oligotrophic and nutrient-rich conditions.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 1997 Cambridge University Press. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Science (Sheffield) > School of Biological Sciences (Sheffield) > Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Assistant
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 16:50
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0953756297003560
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1017/S0953756297003560
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1650

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