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Biodiversity in Dead Wood


Part of Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation

  • Date Published: April 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521717038

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  • Fossils document the existence of trees and wood-associated organisms from almost 400 million years ago, and today there are between 400,000 and 1 million wood-inhabiting species in the world. This is the first book to synthesise the natural history and conservation needs of wood-inhabiting organisms. Presenting a thorough introduction to biodiversity in decaying wood, the book studies the rich diversity of fungi, insects and vertebrates that depend upon dead wood. It describes the functional diversity of these organisms and their specific habitat requirements in terms of host trees, decay phases, tree dimensions, microhabitats and the surrounding environment. Recognising the threats posed by timber extraction and forest management, the authors also present management options for protecting and maintaining the diversity of these species in forests as well as in agricultural landscapes and urban parks.

    • A thorough introduction to biodiversity in decaying wood, studying the rich diversity of fungi, insects and vertebrates that depend upon it
    • Examines the threats to wood-inhabiting organisms, highlighting management options for protecting and maintaining the diversity of species in forests as well as in agricultural landscapes and urban parks
    • Covers both fungi and invertebrates in detail, providing new insights for entomologists and mycologists working on wood-inhabiting organisms, both within their field of expertise and for other organisms living in the same habitat
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    'The book is richly illustrated, containing dozens of photographs, plots and diagrams … The authors succeed admirably in their aim of writing a book on dead wood ecology that is 'accessible to readers without expertise in any particular discipline' … [It] is a worthwhile investment for anyone interested in dead wood ecology … The book is heartily recommended …' Nordicum-Mediterraneum: Icelandic e-Journal of Nordic and Mediterranean Studies (

    '… the first ever whole book to attempt an introductory synthesis of all that is known about the wildlife associated with decaying wood … I discovered [I was] finding things previously unfamiliar to me in every chapter. A great strength is the combination of mycology and entomology …' British Journal of Entomology and Natural History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521717038
    • length: 521 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.83kg
    • contains: 92 b/w illus. 21 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Wood decomposition
    3. The saproxylic food web
    4. Other associations with dead woody material
    5. Host tree associations
    6. Mortality factors and decay succession
    7. Microhabitats
    8. Tree size
    9. The surrounding environment
    10. Evolution of saproxylic organisms
    11. Species diversity of saproxylic organisms
    12. Natural forest dynamics
    13. Dead wood and sustainable forest management
    14. Population dynamics and evolutionary strategies
    15. Threatened saproxylic species
    16. Dead wood in agricultural and urban habitats
    17. The value and future of saproxylic diversity

  • Authors

    Jogeir N. Stokland, The Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute and University of Oslo, Norway
    Jogeir N. Stokland is a researcher at the Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute and an associate professor at the University of Oslo, Norway. He has conducted research on forest biodiversity, dead wood dynamics and species diversity in decaying wood for more than 20 years. His expertise covers both entomology and mycology.

    Juha Siitonen, The Finnish Forest Research Institute, Finland
    Juha Siitonen is a researcher at the Finnish Forest Research Institute. He has conducted research on the effects of forest management on dead wood and saproxylic species, including beetles and polypores, for more than 20 years. He is a member of the Finnish beetle working group, and has been involved in the red-list assessments of Finnish fauna.

    Bengt Gunnar Jonsson, Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden
    Bengt Gunnar Jonsson is a professor of Plant Ecology at Mid Sweden University. His research focuses on forest history and dynamics and its role in maintaining forest biodiversity. He has played an active role in several national conservation projects initiated by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and the Swedish Forest Agency.

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