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University of Oslo, Norway.
The Finnish Forest Research Institute, Finland.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.
2012 (English)In: Biodiversity in Dead Wood / [ed] Stokland, Siitonen, Jonsson, Cambridge University Press, 2012, 1-9 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This book is about life in dead trees. All over the world one can find a fascinating diversity of life forms in decaying wood – first and foremost a wide variety of fungi and insects. These organisms carry out the hidden but highly important work of wood decomposition. A fundamental question frequently revisited in this book is: ‘Why is the species diversity of wood-inhabiting organisms so tremendously high?’ In most chapters we approach this question indirectly by highlighting the key properties of dead wood, along with the environmental factors and processes that bring about the diversity we can observe. We also discuss species richness explicitly in Chapter 11. There are at least two good reasons for addressing the biodiversity in dead wood. One is that the diversity of wood-inhabiting organisms is a multifaceted and interesting phenomenon that deserves attention for its own sake. Another reason is that this diversity is being seriously threatened due both to the loss and fragmentation of forests and because of the greatly reduced amount of dead wood in managed forests and other woodlands. Thus, we need to understand the role of dead wood for biodiversity in order to manage and maintain it while efficiently utilizing forest resources.

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Cambridge University Press, 2012. 1-9 p.
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Ecology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-31620DOI: 10.1017/CBO9781139025843.002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84923476809ISBN: 9781139025843 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-31620DiVA: diva2:1141226
Available from: 2017-09-14 Created: 2017-09-14 Last updated: 2017-09-14

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