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The ecology and diversity of wood-inhabiting macrofungi in a native Eucalyptus obliqua forest of southern Tasmania, Australia


Gates, GM and Mohammed, C and Wardlaw, T and Ratkowsky, DA and Davidson, NJ, The ecology and diversity of wood-inhabiting macrofungi in a native Eucalyptus obliqua forest of southern Tasmania, Australia, Fungal Ecology, 4, (1) pp. 56-67. ISSN 1754-5048 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.funeco.2010.07.005


The ecology and diversity of the macrofungal species assemblages associated with woody material in four plots with differing wildfire histories in a Tasmanian tall, wet, native Eucalyptus obliqua forest were investigated. The four woody substrata (CWD, other dead wood ODW, stags and living trees) supported substantially different macrofungal assemblages, although there was some degree of overlap between CWD and ODW. The best separation between assemblages occurring on all kinds of wood, or on individual pieces of CWD, was obtained when the 100 10 x 10 m subplots of the study were grouped into classes based on the most frequently occurring higher vascular plant species within each subplot. Three polypore species were identified as being possible indicators of biodiverse old E. obliqua forests. The sustainable management of these forests will require retaining dead wood of all sizes, species and decay stages to maintain wood-inhabiting fungal diversity.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:coarse woody debris, Eucalyptus, indicator species, Tasmania, wildfire, wood-inhabiting macrofungi
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Climate change impacts and adaptation
Research Field:Climate change impacts and adaptation not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial biodiversity
UTAS Author:Gates, GM (Dr Genevieve Gates)
UTAS Author:Mohammed, C (Professor Caroline Mohammed)
UTAS Author:Ratkowsky, DA (Dr David Ratkowsky)
UTAS Author:Davidson, NJ (Dr Neil Davidson)
ID Code:60291
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2010-01-28
Last Modified:2018-03-28
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