The effect of forest management intensity on the diversity of wood-decaying fungi and dead wood decomposition
1. Fungal species richness and diversity and hence dead wood colonization patterns vary with forest management intensity. Species richness and diversity of wood decaying fungi and Mycetozoa in the different decomposition stages of beech CWD increase with the proportion of beech trees in forest stands and decrease with timber extraction rates in these stands.
2. At the stand level, higher diversity of wood decaying fungi leads to a higher variation of wood decay pathways/mechanisms and to enhanced overall CWD decomposition.