Deficiently known crustose lichens on decaying wood

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Description (abstract)

Diminishing amount of dead wood is one of the most common reasons for forest species endangerment in Finland. However, the ecology of species living on decaying wood is still rather poorly known. Research among lichens has traditionally concentrated on macrolichens because they are easy to identify. Majority of lichens living solely on decaying wood is, however, crustose lichens. Their taxonomy, distribution and ecology are all deficiently known. The aim of this project is to identify crustose lichen species living on decaying wood, and study their ecology. The project focuses on finding out how habitat, that is, tree species, decaying stage and the location of the tree affect the species occurrence.
Funding: Ministry of the Environment (2012-2014). PUTTE

Effective start/end date01/01/201231/12/2014