Creepy crawlies help maintain woodland biodiversity

Invertebrates, such as the pill millipede, can help protect woodland biodiversity. george francis

Common woodland creatures – such as woodlice, millipedes and worms – can help ensure the survival of weaker species of woodland fungi.

Huge fungal networks, which often stretch over several hectares of woodland, compete with one another for space and resources. Recent findings show that invertebrates have the potential to govern the outcome of these battles.

By feeding on the most combative fungi, invertebrates ensure that less competitive species are not entirely destroyed.

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