ecological survey technique for macrofungi
BGYSH at leeds.ac.uk
Tue Jun 3 14:24:35 EST 1997
Does anyone know of a standard survey technique for assessing
abundance and diversity of macrofungi in woodlands?
I am a PhD student studying Diptera that breed in fungi and I
would like to rank approx. 50 woodlands on the basis of the
abundance and diversity of their fungal fruiting bodies.
Most Fungus Groups make species lists on their forays but I
was wondering if there are any other standard techniques that
take into account relative abundance. (E.g. similar to the
National Vegetation Classification used for plant communities
in Great Britain.)
As this is to be a rapid survey at only two times in the year
(July & September) I also wondered if there are any good
surrogate variables, visible all-year round, that could be
used to predict which woods will be productive in terms of
fungal fruiting bodies (e.g. dead wood or presence/absence of
I am sure this is a common problem facing all ecological
mycologists, and if a standard method does not exist perhaps
one should be adopted. What method and what variables would
you use for a 'rapid assessment, fungal biodiversity survey?'
all suggestions welcome,
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