Short term effects of intense...

Senast ändrad: 12 december 2017

Short term effects of intense forest fires on insect assemblages in boreal forest

Project description:
This study evaluates the ecological effects of forest fire on the assemblage composition of insects in boreal forest. Large scale wild fires as the one in Bodträskfors 2006 are extremely rare in Sweden and this project evaluates the effects of this unique fire on biodiversity. This project is focused on insect assemblages with special emphasis on species that are adapted to fire. Insects were trapped on the burned area and in a corresponding control area in 2007 and 2008. Inventories of dead wood and structural habitat factors were performed in 2008 and will be analysed together with the insect data. This project is performed in close collaboration with FOFI (project leader Frauke Ecke); a project investigating the effects of large scale fire on water quality, soil conditions as well as on recovery, colonization and biodiversity of forest living species.


Johansson T.,
Andersson, J., Hjältén J., Dynesius, M., Ecke, F. 2011. Short-term responses of beetle assemblages to wildfire in a region with more than 100 years of fire suppression. Insect Conservation and Diversity 4:142-151. DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-4598.2010.00114.x.

Johansson, T. Hjältén, J., Stenbacka, F., Dynesius, M. 2010. Responses of eight boreal flat bug (Heteroptera: Aradidae) species to clear-cutting and forest fire. Journal of Insect Conservation 14: 3-9.

Project leader:
Therese Löfroth

Associated researchers:
Frauke Ecke
Joakim Hjältén
Mats Dynesius
Jon Andersson