Study ID 547

Mosses (soil) from the Bavarian Forest unlogged

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Realm: Terrestrial
Climate: Temperate
Biome: Temperate broadleaf and mixed forests
Central latitude: 49.099770
Central longitude: 13.307270
Duration: 5 years, from 2007 to 2011

690 records

32 distinct species

Across the time series Polytrichum formosum is the most frequently occurring species


Thorn, S., Bässler, C., Bernhardt-Römermann, M., Cadotte, M., Heibl, C., Schäfer, H., Seibold, S. & Müller, J. (2016) Changes in the dominant assembly mechanism drive species loss caused by declining resources. Ecology Letters, 19, 163–170.Thorn, S., Bässler, C., Gottschalk, T., Hothorn, T., Bussler, H., Raffa, K. & Müller, J. (2014) New insights into the consequences of post-windthrow salvage logging revealed by functional structure of saproxylic beetles assemblages. PLoS ONE, 9, e101757. Thorn, S., Werner, S. A., Wohlfahrt, J., Bässler, C., Seibold, S., Quillfeldt, P. & Müller, J. (2016) Response of bird assemblages to windstorm and salvage logging - Insights from analyses of functional guild and indicator species. Ecological Indicators, 65, 142–148.


This study was conducted in the Bavarian Forest National Park in south-eastern Germany (49°070 N, 13°310 E), which is dominated by subalpine forests of Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) H. Karst). On January 16, 2007, an area of c. 1000 ha of mature Norway spruce forests was felled by the windstorm ‘Kyrill’. From those 1000 ha, four larger patches were selected totalling about 200 ha to remain unlogged; on the remaining 800 ha, storm-felled trees were removed by experimental post-disturbance logging up to August 2007. Afterwards, 44 plots, 22 in logged areas and 22 in unlogged areas. During logging operations, branches were cut off the trunk and left on the ground, and the main trunk was removed. Following this, dead wood resources were reduced from c. 300 m³/ha to c. 50 m³/ha in all 22 logged areas (details in Thorn et al. 2014, 2015). This dataset is part of a multi-taxon study, where 8 different taxonomic groups were monitored across plots that had the 2 different regimes (logged VS unlogged). It consists of bryophites (moss) data from unlogged plots. During the first 5 years of the study period since 2007, epigeal lichens counts were taken on relevees of 200 m² size around the plot centroid.