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Species associations during the succession of wood-inhabiting fungal communities

Ottosson, Elisabet; Nordén, Jenni; Edman, Mattias; Jönsson, Mari; Larsson, Karl-Henrik; Olsson, Jörgen; Penttilä, Reijo; Stenlid, Jan; Ovaskainen, Otso; Dahlberg, Anders


We studied fungal succession in decaying wood by compiling time-series data of fruit body observations. We tested the hypothesis that the presence of a primary species affects the probability of a succeeding species occurring later on the same log. Significant associations were detected for 15 species pairs; these were consistent with earlier findings on co-occurrence patterns in single time surveys. We used enrichment analysis to test if species with particular life-history attributes were more often associated with the occurrence of a succeeding species, or vice versa. White rot fungi and fungi abundant as mycelia were more often associated with the occurrence of succeeding species, compared to brown rot fungi and species with low mycelial abundance. Our results indicate that certain primary species cause priority effects and non-random co-occurrence patterns in the field. These successional patterns are likely to be connected both with substrate modification and species interactions. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd and The British Mycological Society. All rights reserved.


Boreal forest; Colonization; Community ecology; Enrichment analysis; Fungal succession; Life-history traits; Linear regression model; Norway spruce; Priority effects; Wood-inhabiting fungi

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Fungal Ecology
2014, Volym: 11, sidor: 17-28