Saproxylic species are linked to the amount and isolation of dead wood across spatial scales in a beech forest

Haeler, Elena; Bergamini, Ariel; Blaser, Stefan; Ginzler, Christian; Hindenlang, Karin; Keller, Christine; Kiebacher, Thomas; Kormann, Urs G.; Scheidegger, Christoph; Schmidt, Ronald; Stillhard, Jonas; Szallies, Alexander; Pellissier, Loïc; Lachat, Thibault (2020). Saproxylic species are linked to the amount and isolation of dead wood across spatial scales in a beech forest Landscape Ecology, 36(1), pp. 89-104. Springer 10.1007/s10980-020-01115-4

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ContextDead wood is a key habitat for saproxylicspecies, which are often used as indicators of habitatquality in forests. Understanding how the amount andspatial distribution of dead wood in the landscapeaffects saproxylic communities is therefore importantfor maintaining high forest biodiversity.ObjectivesWe investigated effects of the amountand isolation of dead wood on the alpha and betadiversity of four saproxylic species groups, with afocus on how the spatial scale influences results.MethodsWe inventoried saproxylic beetles, wood-inhabiting fungi, and epixylic bryophytes and lichenson 62 plots in the Sihlwald forest reserve in Switzer-land. We used GLMs to relate plot-level speciesrichness to dead wood amount and isolation on spatialscales of 20–200 m radius. Further, we used GDMs todetermine how dead wood amount and isolationaffected beta diversity.ResultsA larger amount of dead wood increasedbeetle richness on all spatial scales, while isolation hadno effect. For fungi, bryophytes and lichens this wasonly true on small spatial scales. On larger scales ofour study, dead wood amount had no effect, whilegreater isolation decreased species richness. Further,we found no strong consistent patterns explaining betadiversity.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL
School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL > Multifunctional Forest Management
School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL > Multifunctional Forest Management > Forest Ecosystem and Management

Name:

Haeler, Elena;
Bergamini, Ariel;
Blaser, Stefan;
Ginzler, Christian;
Hindenlang, Karin;
Keller, Christine;
Kiebacher, Thomas;
Kormann, Urs G.;
Scheidegger, Christoph;
Schmidt, Ronald;
Stillhard, Jonas;
Szallies, Alexander;
Pellissier, Loïc and
Lachat, Thibault0000-0003-3952-7443

Subjects:

G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
S Agriculture > SD Forestry

ISSN:

0921-2973

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Simon Lutz

Date Deposited:

09 Nov 2020 08:49

Last Modified:

17 Jan 2021 01:33

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s10980-020-01115-4

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Biodiversity conservation, Connectivity, Forest management, Habitat amount hypothesis, Scale dependence

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.13353

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/13353

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