Arthropod communities in fungal fruitbodies are weakly structured by climate and biogeography across European beech forests

Nicolas Friess Jörg C. Müller Pablo Aramendi Claus Bässler Martin Brändle Christophe Bouget Antoine Brin Heinz Bussler Kostadin B. Georgiev Radosław Gil Martin M. Gossner Jacob Heilmann‐Clausen Gunnar Isacsson Anton Krištín Thibault Lachat Laurent Larrieu Elodie Magnanou Alexander Maringer Ulrich Mergner Martin Mikoláš Lars Opgenoorth Jürgen Schmidl Miroslav Svoboda Simon Thorn Kris Vandekerkhove Al Vrezec Thomas Wagner Maria‐Barbara Winter Livia Zapponi Roland Brandl Sebastian Seibold, Biological Conservation, 191, 469–477. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2015.07.005

 

 

Abstract


The tinder fungus Fomes fomentarius is a pivotal wood decomposer in European beech Fagus sylvatica forests. The fungus, however, has regionally declined due to centuries of logging. To unravel biogeographical drivers of arthropod communities associated with this fungus, we investigated how space, climate and habitat amount structure alpha and beta diversity of arthropod communities in fruitbodies of F. fomentarius.

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