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Retaining unlogged patches in Mediterranean oak forests may preserve threatened forest macrolichens

Zuzana Fačkovcová (1), Anna Guttová (1), Renato Benesperi (2), Stefano Loppi (3), Erika Bellini (4), Luigi Sanità di Toppi (4), Luca Paoli (4)   

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 12, Issue 2, Pages 187-192 (2019)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor2917-012
Published: Apr 10, 2019 - Copyright © 2019 SISEF

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Forest management practices may heavily impact epiphytic (tree inhabiting) organisms. Retaining tree patches and buffer strips in logged stands may contribute to preserve ecosystem functioning and the vitality of epiphytic organisms in managed forests. To test these statements, the threatened forest macrolichen Lobaria pulmonaria (L.) Hoffm. was used as a model species, since it is a “flag” indicator species of forest ecosystems with long ecological continuity. To this purpose, photosynthetic performances, thallus anatomy and water holding capacity (WHC) of samples of L. pulmonaria were investigated in a logged mixed oak forest (Tuscany, Italy), confronting lichen thalli from retained-forest patches and retained-isolated trees, 18 months after logging. Compared with those of retained-forest patches, thalli on the trunks of retained-isolated trees were thinner and showed lower vitality (as indicated by the potential quantum yield of primary photochemistry - FV/FM and the index of overall photosynthetic performance - PIABS), as well as lower water holding capacity. In contrast, thalli from forest patches had performances comparable to those of healthy samples from unlogged forests.


Biodiversity Conservation, Ecosystem Services, Forest Logging, Lobaria pulmonaria, Photosynthetic Performance, Water Holding Capacity

Authors’ address

Zuzana Fačkovcová 0000-0002-5760-5364
Anna Guttová 0000-0001-9394-1077
Plant Science and Biodiversity Centre, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dúbravská cesta 9, SK-84523 Bratislava (Slovakia)
Renato Benesperi 0000-0003-4296-3393
Department of Biology, University of Florence, v. La Pira 4, I-50121 Florence (Italy)
Stefano Loppi 0000-0002-3404-1017
Department of Life Sciences, University of Siena, v. Mattioli 4, I-53100 Siena (Italy)
Erika Bellini
Luigi Sanità di Toppi 0000-0002-8731-4904
Luca Paoli
Department of Biology, University of Pisa, v. Ghini 13, I-56126 Pisa (Italy)

Corresponding author

Luca Paoli


Fačkovcová Z, Guttová A, Benesperi R, Loppi S, Bellini E, Sanità di Toppi L, Paoli L (2019). Retaining unlogged patches in Mediterranean oak forests may preserve threatened forest macrolichens. iForest 12: 187-192. - doi: 10.3832/ifor2917-012

Academic Editor

Gianluca Piovesan

Paper history

Received: Jul 10, 2018
Accepted: Jan 18, 2019

First online: Apr 10, 2019
Publication Date: Apr 30, 2019
Publication Time: 2.73 months

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