Influence of substrate features on distribution of polypores (Fungi: Basidiomycota) in central part of Peechi Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala, India

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Muhammed Iqbal
Kattany Vidyasagaran
Narayan Ganesh


We examined the effect of substrate features like diameter, type and decay class on the distribution of polypores in the moist deciduous forests of Kerala.  Plot based sampling and opportunistic sampling method were adopted to maximize the documentation of polypore fungal distribution.  The highest number (2,861) of polypore fungal sporocarps has been recorded in host trees with 21-<30 cm diameter class.  Among the substrate types, highest number of individuals (2,480) were observed on logs, living trees supported very few polypores.  The newly emerged species during the monsoon season showed more association with decay class 2, the decay class association of some species remained unchanged during all the seasons.


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Muhammed Iqbal, College of Forestry Kerala Agricultural University Vellanikkara Thrissur 680 656 Kerala

Research Scholar Department Of FOrest Management and Utilization

Kattany Vidyasagaran, Dean, College of Forestry, Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur, Kerala, India

Dean, College of Forestry, Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur, Kerala, India

Narayan Ganesh, Sree Krishna College, Calicut University, Guruvayur, Thrissur, Kerala, India

Associate Professor

Department of Botany

Sree Krishna College,

Calicut University, Guruvayur, Thrissur, Kerala, India


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