Journal of Forest Research

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 348–356 | Cite as

Post-fire production of mushrooms in Pinus pinaster forests using classificatory models

  • Pablo Vásquez Gassibe
  • Raul Fraile Fabero
  • María Hernández-Rodríguez
  • Juan Andrés Oria-de-Rueda
  • Felipe Bravo Oviedo
  • Pablo Martín-PintoEmail author
Original Article


This study was aimed at describing post-fire mushroom production in a Mediterranean ecosystem dominated by Pinus pinaster Ait. in the northwest of Spain and assessing the results by classificatory models. During the autumn periods of 2003–2006, fruit bodies from 115 fungal taxa were collected in burned and unburned areas and were further grouped into the following categories: saprotrophic/mycorrhizal; and edible/non-edible. After wildfires, a significant reduction in the number of fungal species and fruit body biomass production was observed. Based on this relevant information, the first simple classificatory model for this aim is provided. Nine alternative models based on classifications according to combinations of edibility and functional groups were fitted, and four fruiting body biomass production classes were defined as possible responses. As explanatory factors, time after fire and climatic variables significantly related to fruit body production were included. The best predictive results were obtained for edible and edible-mycorrhizal models, for which the correct classification rate of production classes was between 92 and 85 %. Moreover, the models obtained were applied to analyse the effect of time after fire on fungal production. Mycorrhizal and edible fungal production after fire was classified into the lowest class, whereas saprotrophic and non-edible species followed a contrary trend. The classificatory models can be useful to optimise management and harvest of these increasingly appreciated non-timber forest resources.


Classificatory models Fire Mushroom production Pinus pinaster 



We thank Associate Professor Valentín Pando (Departamento de Estadística e Investigación Operativa, Universidad de Valladolid) for his valuable support in the statistical analysis and Luis Santos (CIFOR-INIA) for valuable comments for improving this paper. Part of this work was supported by a Research Project (Junta de Castilla y León; Ref.: VA018B05). María Hernández-Rodríguez work is supported by an FPI-UVa grant of University of Valladolid.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pablo Vásquez Gassibe
    • 1
  • Raul Fraile Fabero
    • 1
  • María Hernández-Rodríguez
    • 1
  • Juan Andrés Oria-de-Rueda
    • 1
  • Felipe Bravo Oviedo
    • 1
  • Pablo Martín-Pinto
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Departments of Agroforestry Sciences, and Vegetal Production and Natural Resources, Sustainable Forest Management Research InstituteUniversity of Valladolid (Palencia)PalenciaSpain

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