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Wood-decaying Basidiomycota

The total number of dead wood -inhabiting polypore and corticioid species is at least 650 (Aphyllophoroid fungi – 1000+ species) in the Nordic countries (Kotiranta et al. 2009). Many of the wood-decaying Lignicolous Basidiomycetes include difficult-to-identify species belonging to the genera with mainly microscopic differences between taxa. Until recently, most of the studies exploring Basidiomycete communities in nature have been however based on the observational data on the fruit bodies, but exhaustive data on species´ occurrences and abundances as inconspicuous mycelia hidden in dead wood remained unapproachable. In particular, there is only limited information on distribution of wood-decaying fungi at the life stages other than fruit body. Thus wood-decaying fungi, one of the most important groups of decomposers of plant organics comprise one of least studied type of forest species communities in Finland.

Contact information:
• Otto Miettinen, Finnish Museum of Natural History, PL 7, FI-00014 University of Helsinki, e-mail
• Dmitry Schigel, Finnish Museum of Natural History, PL 17, FI-00014 University of Helsinki, e-mail
• Otso Ovaskainen, Metapopulation Research Group, PL 65, FI-00014 University of Helsinki, e-mail
• Heini Ali-Kovero, Molecular Ecology and Systematics lab & Metapopulation Research Group, PL 65, FI-00014 University of Helsinki, e-mail

 

 



 
         
 

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