Tree and Macrofungal diversity of the two different habitat types in Mt. Makiling forest reserve

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Tree and Macrofungal diversity of the two different habitat types in Mt. Makiling forest reserve

Joseph C. Paquit, Nelson M. Pampolina
Int. J. Micro. Myco.5( 4), 1-8, April 2017.
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The study covered the assessment of tree and macrofungal diversity of two different types of forest habitat in Mt. Makiling in the Philippines. Minimum disturbances such as trails, signs of previous human activities and minor erosion patterns where used to distinguish the disturbed site from the undisturbed. Minimum diameter set for trees included in the assessment was 5 cm. For fungal diversity, only the macrofungi were assessed. Soil fungus is generally microscopic while leaf litter and wood fungus are macroscopic. This study has found out that fungal diversity is positively correlated with tree diversity. The more diverse and less disturbed the forest ecosystem is, the greater also is its fungal diversity. This study will serve as baseline information to better improve the management practices in Mt. Makiling to preserve its remaining biodiversity.


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