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González Alonso, Clara , 2010. Insect communities inhabiting Inonotus radiatus growing on Alnus glutinosa trees at northern and southern shores of boreal lakes. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Ecology

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This is a study of the insect community associated to the wood-decaying fungus Inonotus radiatus found on Alnus glutinosa trees growing in riparian forests at the northern and southern shores of boreal lakes in the province Uppland. Little is known about this particular bracket fungus and its inhabitants. Insects were reared out at the laboratory from samples of fruiting bodies of the fungus taken at five lakes. During the fieldwork in 2009, data about several environmental variables was also taken. After the rearing period, these variables and their effects over the insects were analyzed. Special attention is paid to the comparison between the insect communities living at northern and southern shores of the lakes. We consider the microclimates at the northern and southern shores are different due to the dissimilar sun exposure they receive. The collected insect communities associated to opposite shores are not identical, but the variable shore exposition turned out to be influencing just four of the studied taxa. The variables which turned out to have a greater impact over the insect communities were lake, weight of the fungus and sun exposure. The preferences regarding successional stage of the fruiting bodies by some of the collected taxa are also presented. Most of them seem to be more attracted by older fruiting bodies than by the new and fresher ones. One red-listed beetle species has been recorded during the project, as well as three other species which were included in previous Red Lists although they are no longer on the Swedish Red List. Distributions of insect species are also revised to analyze the accuracy of the Red List.

Main title:Insect communities inhabiting Inonotus radiatus growing on Alnus glutinosa trees at northern and southern shores of boreal lakes
Authors:González Alonso, Clara
Supervisor:Jonsell, Mats and Komonen, Atte
Examiner:Thor, Göran
Series:Självständigt arbete/Examensarbete (SLU, Institutionen för ekologi)
Volume/Sequential designation:2010:13
Year of Publication:2010
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:Other
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
Keywords:fungivorous insects, Abdera, wood-decaying fungi, substrate associations, sun exposure, successional stage, red-listed species, riparian forests, Tineidae, Dorcatoma
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-8-972
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-8-972
Subjects:Forestry - General aspects
Animal ecology
Nature conservation and land resources
Language:English
Deposited On:18 Feb 2011 12:39
Metadata Last Modified:20 Apr 2012 14:17

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