Forest continuity in relation to dispersal capacity of species.
- Lena Björk
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Proceedings of the SUFOR Internationel Workshop, Lund, Sweden
Indicator species are often used to detect forest with a long temporal continuity. However, only species restricted to such forests because of their poor dispersal capacity should be used as continuity indicators. The dispersal capacity of one species suggested as a continuity indicator, the lichen Lobaria pulmonaria has been studied recently in southern Sweden. The results of that study suggest that L. pulmonaria has very poor long-range dispersal capacity, and hence would be a suitable indicator of forest continuity. It is important to pay attention to the dispersal capacity and dispersal strategy of different species when planning for nature conservation. If the focal species are short-distance dispersers, the efforts should be concentrated at protecting and enlarging biotopes where the species is found today.
Sustainable Forestry in Temperate Regions, 2002
- ISSN: 1104-2877