A survey of the fleshy basidiomycete fungi of Kejimkujik National Park, N.S., with emphasis on pollution indicators
LE3 .A278 1992
Master of Science
An inventory of the fleshy fungi of Kejimkujik National Park, N. S . was prepared during a two-year period of field investigations . During this period, five permanent collecting plots were established, representing the major vegetation types of the Park. The fungi were collected, identified, dried, and deposited in the Acadia University mycological collection . Besides creating a checklist of fungi , the results also established a baseline for future studies using ectomycorrhizal fungi as bioindicators of air pollution and forest decline. Ectomycorrhizal fungi have been on a decline in Europe for many years due to the increasing levels of air pollution. The species, collected in Kejimkujik National Park, were divided into three groups: saprophytic fungi, lignicolous fungi, and ectomycorrhizal fungi. The numbers of species in each of the groups are indicated. The proportionate changes among these groups can be used in the future monitoring of forest changes. A list of the most abundant species is provided. The results also include a list of the taxa that are considered sensitive in Europe and were found in Kejimkujik National Park. It is suggested that these taxa could be used as bioindicators of air pollution and forest decline.
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