Dr. Jeffrey M. Osborn
Dean of the School of Science and Professor of Biology
The College of New Jersey
Taylor, T. N. and J. M. Osborn. 1996. The importance of fungi
in shaping the paleoecosystem.
Review of Palaeobotany and
Although fungi have a long geologic history, many aspects regarding their
origins and subsequent evolution remain impossible to document from the fossil
record. As heterotrophs, fungi must interact with other organisms, and it is
here that the fossil record can provide an important source of biological and
paleoecological information about fungal interactions. Saprophytic, parasitic
and biotrophic interactions among fungi and other organisms are ancient;
examples of these interrelationships are discussed as they related to the
establishment and evolution of the biological and physical paleoecosystem.
Keywords:Biotrophic interactions, Fossil fungi,
Fungi, Paleoecosystem, Plant-fungal interactions