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Mycophagy by small mammals in the coniferous forests of North America: nutritional value of sporocarps of Rhizopogon vinicolor, a common hypogeous fungus

Claridge, A; Trappe, J.M.; Cork, Steven J; Claridge, Debbie

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We evaluated the nutritional value of sporocarps of Rhizopogon vinicolor, a common hypogeous fungus in the coniferous forests of North America, for two small mammal species: the Californian red-backed vole (Clethrionomys californicus) and the northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus). Although the nitrogen concentration of sporocarps was high, much of it was in non-protein form or associated with cell walls, suggesting that it may be of low nutritional value or protected from mammalian...[Show more]

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Date published: 1999
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/90565
Source: Journal of Comparative Physiology B: Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
DOI: 10.1007/s003600050208

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