Marine Fungi in Biscayne Bay, Florida
Abstract:A recent collection in Biscayne Bay, Florida, of various marine fungal forms, several previously unreported, indicates the regular occurrence of marine fungi in warmer ocean waters. Two morphologically different forms of such fungi are established, and one form, the genus Halophiobolus, is separated into four apparently dissimilar groups to facilitate further species differentiation. Studies reveal the presence of these fungi over a wide marine area, with variation in abundance and types at different localities.
The consistent isolation of these fungi from submerged wood as well as their relative rapidity in the invasion of such wood, suggests an economic role in the primary microfloral complex on wood surfaces in sea water heretofore given minor consideration. Such fungi are apparently primary invaders of wood, and as such, merit further investigation in relation to the deterioration of wood and cordage in saline habitats.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 1952
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