Table 2

Variation in the Shannon-Weaver and evenness indices derived from TRFLP electropherograms from fungal communities

Sample type, temp, and incubation timeShannon-Weaver indexaEvennessa
Compost or soilPU surfaceCompost or soilPU surface
Soil 25°C
    0 wk2.9n/a0.7n/a
    4 wk3.42.50.70.6
    8 wk3.72.70.80.6
    12 wk3.22.40.80.7
Compost 25°C
    0 wk2.8n/a0.8n/a
    4 wk3.52.60.80.7
    8 wk3.32.50.80.7
    12 wk3.42.50.80.8
Compost 45°C
    0 wk2.8n/a0.7n/a
    4 wk2.21.40.80.6
    8 wk1.91.10.70.7
    12 wk2.11.50.60.6
Compost 50°C
    0 wk2.9n/a0.7n/a
    4 wk2.01.10.60.6
    8 wk2.01.80.70.6
    12 wk2.11.70.70.7
  • a n/a, not available (no fungi were detected from the PU surface prior to burial).