Fungal Strategies In Decaying Wood

Wood-inhabiting fungi show a vide variety of strategies to gain and hold territories in wood, defined not least by their mode of dispersal and establishment, their competitive ability and by individual adaptation to the various disturbance and stress factors influencing life in decaying wood. In addition, passive or active interactions with other wood-inhabiting organisms may play an important role for some species depending on insect vectors, mycoparasitic relations or other successor-predecessor relations. Table 1 summarizes these strategies/ecological roles, with examples from angiosperms in temperate Europe, and below we review the importance of dispersal, life-history strategies and successor-predecessor relationships.

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