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Substrate affinities of wood decay fungi are foremost structured by wood properties not climate

Rustøen, Fredrik, Høiland, Klaus, Heegaard, Einar, Boddy, Lynne ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1845-6738, Gange, Alan C., Kauserud, Håvard and Andrew, Carrie 2023. Substrate affinities of wood decay fungi are foremost structured by wood properties not climate. Fungal Ecology 63 , 101231. 10.1016/j.funeco.2023.101231

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Abstract

Wood decomposing fungi differ in their substrate affinities, but to what extent factors like wood properties influence host specialization, compared to climate, is largely unknown. In this study, we analysed British field observations of 61 common wood decay species associated with 41 tree and shrub genera. While white rot fungi ranged from low-to high-substrate affinity, brown rot fungi were exclusively mid-to high-affinity. White rot fungi associated with dead fallen wood demonstrated the least substrate affinity. The composition of wood decomposer fungi was mostly structured by substrate properties, sorted between angiosperms and conifers. Any relationships with temporal and regional climate variability were of far less significance, but did predict community-based and substrate-usage host shifts, especially for fungi on fallen deadwood. Our results demonstrate that substrate shifts by wood-decay fungi will depend primarily upon their degree of affinity to, and the distribution of, related woody genera, followed less at regional levels by climate impacts.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Additional Information: License information from Publisher: LICENSE 1: URL: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/, Start Date: 2024-02-17
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1754-5048
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 24 February 2023
Date of Acceptance: 5 January 2023
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2024 20:04
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/157208

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