Journal article
Naturalness of selected European beech forests reflected by fungalinventories: a first checklist of fungi of the UNESCO WorldNatural Heritage Kellerwald-Edersee National Park in Germany



Publication Details
Authors:
Langer, E.; Langer, G.; Popa, F.; Rexer, K.; Striegel, M.; Ordynets, O.; Lysenko, L.; Palme, S.; Riebesehl, J.; Kost, G.
Publication year:
2015
Journal:
Mycological Progress
Pages range:
102
Volume number:
2015

Abstract
Here we present the first checklist of the UNESCOWorld Natural Heritage Kellerwald-Edersee National Park inthe federal state of Hesse in Germany. After 10 years of investigation,1107 species have been recorded. Thus far, effortshave led to the detection of 44 species of interest according tothe criteria of the International Union for the Conservation ofNature and Natural Resources (IUCN), 10 species with naturevalue based on a European scale, and 16 nature-value specieson a German scale. Sixty-four threatened species are listed onthe German red list of fungi, and 147 species are listed on theregional red list of the federal state of Hesse. As part of theUNESCO World Natural Heritage Ancient Beech Forests ofGermany and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians, theKellerwald-Edersee National Park represents the typicalEuropean natural beech forest on poor soil with old tree standsand relict primeval forest fragments. The presence of naturevaluespecies in the beech (Fagus sylvatica)-dominantKellerwald-Edersee and Hainich national parks shows thedevelopment of their forest ecosystems to near naturalnesscomparable to the primeval forests of the Poloniny NationalPark in Slovakia.

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