A1 Journal article (refereed)
Resource use of wood-inhabiting fungi in different boreal forest types (2017)

Juutilainen, K., Mönkkönen, M., Kotiranta, H., & Halme, P. (2017). Resource use of wood-inhabiting fungi in different boreal forest types. Fungal Ecology, 27(Part A), 96-106. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.funeco.2017.03.003

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All authors or editorsJuutilainen, Katja; Mönkkönen, Mikko; Kotiranta, Heikki; Halme, Panu

Journal or seriesFungal Ecology



Publication year2017


Issue numberPart A

Pages range96-106


Place of PublicationLontoo

Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open access

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/54193


Generalist species are usually widespread and abundant, and thrive in heterogeneous environments. Specialists, in turn, are generally more restricted in their range, and benefit from more stable conditions. Therefore, increasing human-induced disturbance can have more negative effects on specialist than generalist species. We assessed the specialization of 77 wood-inhabiting fungal species across seven boreal forest types and different substratum qualities. A significantly higher number of specialist species was associated with herb-rich forests and afforested fields than with managed coniferous forests and wood pastures, the number of specialists associated with natural coniferous forests being intermediate. Also, forest type specialists were indicated to be specialists for their substratum tree species as well, but specialization in substratum diameter was not connected with other kinds of specialization. Species with restricted resource or habitat preferences can less readily respond to environmental change, and therefore are more vulnerable to extinction.

Keywordsconiferous forestscorticioidsfungitypes and speciesspecialisationenvironmental changesadaptation (change)endangered speciesextinction (death)natural diversityenvironmental protection

Free keywordscoarse woody debris; fine woody debris; generalist species; managed forest; natural forest; specialist species

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Reporting Year2017

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