Restoration fire and wood-inhabiting fungi in a Pinus sylvestris forest
2010 (English)In: Forest Ecology and Management, ISSN 0378-1127, Vol. 259, no 10, 1971-1980 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A growing awareness of the negative consequences of efficient fire prevention in boreal Fennoscandia has resulted in an increasing use of fire as a restoration method. The primary purpose of restoration fire is to recreate features of natural forests that have been lost during long periods of fire suppression. We used the occurrence of fruiting bodies from wood-inhabiting fungi to assess the conservation value of and gain ecological information about restoration fire in a Pinus sylvestris dominated forest. The general pattern for the majority of the species was a drastic decline the first two years after the restoration fire. However, our results clearly demonstrate that most of the species that declined the first years after the fire rebounded after four years and were frequently found on charred wood. Species that increased after the fire and often occurred on charred logs were: Antrodia sinuosa, Botryobasidium obtusisporum, Galzinia incrustans, Phlebia subserialis and Tomentella spp. In addition, three threatened, red-listed and fire-favored species were also found on heavily charred logs: Antrodia primaeva, Dichomitus squalens and Gloeophyllum carbonarium. Our results indicate that fire disturbance creates a unique type of dead wood important for fungal species richness. The results also support the use of restoration fires in maintaining forest biodiversity.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2010. Vol. 259, no 10, 1971-1980 p.
Ecology Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-3594DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2010.02.008ISI: 000277760100012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-3594DiVA: diva2:142372