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Communities of oribatid mites (Acari: Oribatida) of naturally regenerating and salvage-logged montane spruce forests of Šumava Mountains
- Kokořovǎ, Petra, Starý, Josef
- Biologia 2017 v.72 no.4 pp. 445-451
- Picea, Sarcoptiformes, bark beetles, community structure, dieback, forests, mountains, national parks, species diversity
- The main aim of this study was to describe and compare communities of oribatid mites of selected areas in montane spruce forests near Březník in the Šumava National Park, where different management strategies were used after the spruce dieback caused by massive bark beetle gradation more than 15 years ago. Naturally regenerating and salvage-logged areas were compared. Significant differences were found in the oribatid mite community composition between differently managed areas. The oribatid mite community in naturally regenerating areas was in better shape and its abundance and species composition was similar to the community of a control area in a mature and healthy spruce forest.