SUMMARY: The quantitative ecology of micro-organisms developing on pieces of chitin buried in soil was studied by systematically recording morphologicalgroups and subgroups of micro-organisms developing on them. A temperate and a tropical soil were used. Both soils were incubated at 10° and 29°, temperatures which might be expected in the respective climatic regions from which the soils were collected. In both soils the organisms most frequently observed at 10° were fungi and bacteria; at 29° actinomycetes,nematodes and protozoa werealso observed, besides fungi and bacteria.The main differences in the nature of organismsfrom both soils observed on chitin was in the subgroups rather than in the major groups.


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