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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2011

Short-term responses of beetle assemblages to wildfire in a region with more than 100 years of fire suppression

Johansson, Therese; Andersson, Jon; Hjältén, Joakim; Dynesius, Mats; Ecke, Frauke

Abstract

4. Our results show that wildfire has rapid and strong effects on a wide range of beetles. However, we only trapped two individuals of fire-dependent beetles, which may suggest a lack of such species in the region, possibly due to > 100 years of fire suppression. At the regional scale, the studied wildfire may potentially increase the abundance of these beetles after a longer period of reproduction in the burned area.

Keywords

Boreal forest; dead wood; forest management; functional groups; saproxylic species; wildfire

Published in

Insect Conservation and Diversity
2011, Volume: 4, number: 2, pages: 142-151
Publisher: WILEY-BLACKWELL