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 management. 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.
|Autori:||Paletto, A.;De Meo, I.;Cantiani, P.;Ferretti, F.|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Titolo:||Effects of forest management on the amount of deadwood in Mediterranean oak ecosystems|
|Rivista:||ANNALS OF FOREST SCIENCE|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|