Effects of forest management on the amount of deadwood in Mediterranean oak ecosystemsReport as inadecuate




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1 CRA-MPF - Consiglio per la Ricerca e la Sperimentazione in Agricoltura-Forest Monitoring and Planning Research Unit 2 CRA-ABP - Consiglio per la Ricerca e la Sperimentazione in Agricoltura - Agrobiology and Pedology Centre 3 CRA-SEL - Consiglio per la Ricerca e la Sperimentazione in Agricoltura - Forestry Research Centre

Abstract : & Context Deadwood is an important habitat for vertebrate and invertebrate species, a key factor in the nutrient cycle and a valuable carbon pool. Difference in the deadwood C stock depends on many variables such as forest type, microclimate and forest management. & Aims We investigated the relationship between C stock in deadwood and forest management in oak stands of southern Italy. & Methods Deadwood C stock was quantified in 74 forest stands under intensive, extensive or multifunctional manage-ment. The relationship between management and C stock in deadwood was assessed taking into account the decay class and the type of deadwood snags, stumps and logs. & Results Intensively managed forests are characterized by significantly lower mean levels of deadwood C than the other forms of management. Multifunctional management resulted in the highest level of C, mainly in logs and snags, while extensive management resulted in high levels of C storage concentrated in snags. & Conclusion Results of the research highlight that forest management practices greatly influence the quantitative and qualitative presence of deadwood in forests.





Author: Alessandro Paletto - Isabella De Meo - Paolo Cantiani - Fabrizio Ferretti -

Source: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/



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