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Avis, Peter [1], Gaswick, Wyatt [2], Tonkovich, Garyle [2], Leacock, Patrick [3].

Monitoring macrofungi in ecological restorations of coastal Indiana, USA.

Although monitoring plants is an important part of the assessment of ecological restorations, other components of ecosystems such as fungi can also be measured to make more comprehensive and thorough assessments.  However, fungi are hard to monitor in part because only some fungi have macroscopic structures like mushrooms that are noticeable by eye but even these are often ephemeral and episodic. In this study, we took advantage of the overlap of a novel system of restoration monitoring ( and substantial mycological expertise in a region where both numerous restorations exist and mycological studies have occurred. This study provides one of the first documentations of macrofungi in a set of ecological restorations of coastal Indiana.  Forty-two sites were surveyed over a two year period for the presence of macrofungi of saprobic, mycorrhizal and parasitic nutritional modes.  Six hundred and eighty nine species observations were made in this study and most macrofungi were found in wooded habitats though some were still found in grassland-type restorations.  Some factors such as invasive plant cover appeared to negatively impact the number of observations. Sites in this study were compared to a set of reference sites and examined for functional trait guilds to begin to gauge how well fungi can be used to assess the success of restorations in terms of the roles that fungi have in ecosystem process.

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Related Links:
The Northwest Indiana Restoration Monitoring Inventory

1 - Indiana University Northwest, Biology, 3400 Broadway, Gary, IN, 46408, USA
2 - Indiana University Northwest, Biology, 3400 Broadway, Gary, IN, 46408, United States
3 - Field Museum of Natural History, Gantz Family Collections Center, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, 60605, USA

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Presentation Type: Recent Topics Poster
Session: P
Location: Hall D/The Shaw Conference Centre
Date: Monday, July 27th, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: PRT024
Abstract ID:1808
Candidate for Awards:None

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