European Journal of Forest Research

, Volume 133, Issue 4, pp 745–756 | Cite as

Early fungal community succession following crown fire in Pinus mugo stands and surface fire in Pinus sylvestris stands

  • Jurga MotiejūnaitėEmail author
  • Gražina Adamonytė
  • Reda Iršėnaitė
  • Sigitas Juzėnas
  • Jonas Kasparavičius
  • Ernestas Kutorga
  • Svetlana Markovskaja
Original Paper


The early post-fire development of mycobiota following a crown fire in mountain pine plantations and a surface fire in Scots pine plantations, and in the corresponding unburnt stands in the coastal sand dunes of the Curonian Spit in western Lithuania was investigated. Species numbers in unburnt Pinus mugo and Pinus sylvestris stands showed annual fluctuation, but in the burnt sites, the numbers of fungi increased yearly, especially in the crown fire plots. Both burnt stand types—P. mugo and P. sylvestris—showed strongly significant (two-way ANOSIM; R = 1, p < 0.05) differences in species composition; the differences between unburnt sites were clearly expressed but less significant (R = 0.86, p < 0.05). Fungal species composition of burnt P. mugo and P. sylvestris sites was qualitatively different from that of corresponding unburnt sites (two-way ANOSIM; R ≥ 0.75, p < 0.05). The chronosequence of mycobiota in surface fire burns was less clearly defined than in crown fire sites, reflecting the greater patchiness of impacts of the surface fire. Although both fire types were detrimental or at least damaging to all functional groups of fungi (saprobic on soil and forest litter, wood-inhabiting, biotrophic, and mycorrhizal and lichenized fungi), their recovery and appearance (fructification) patterns varied between the groups and among the burn types. The end of the early post-fire fungal succession (cessation of sporocarp production of pyrophilous fungi) was recorded 3 years after the fire for both crown and surface fire types, which is earlier than reported by other authors. Rare or threatened fungal species that are dependent on fire regime were not recorded during the study.


Coastal forest Mycorrhizal Wood-inhabiting Soil-litter saprobes Biotrophs Lichens 



We thank Gintaras Kantvilas (Hobart, Tasmania) for improving the language of the manuscript and valuable comments and Dalytė Matulevičiūtė (Vilnius, Lithuania) for supplying data on pine forest associations in the study area. Our sincere gratitude is extended to anonymous reviewers for valuable comments and suggestions for the manuscript. We acknowledge the help from the staff of Kuršių Nerija National Park. The study was supported by the Lithuanian State Science and Studies Foundation (Grants No. T–60/07, T–69/08, and T–52/09).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jurga Motiejūnaitė
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gražina Adamonytė
    • 1
  • Reda Iršėnaitė
    • 1
  • Sigitas Juzėnas
    • 2
  • Jonas Kasparavičius
    • 1
  • Ernestas Kutorga
    • 2
  • Svetlana Markovskaja
    • 1
  1. 1.Nature Research CentreInstitute of BotanyVilniusLithuania
  2. 2.Department of Botany and GeneticsVilnius UniversityVilniusLithuania

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