Forest conversion and tinder fungus

About 40 Years ago, spruce monocultures often dominated the forest, because the spruce grows quickly and can be used earlier. However, the spruce is a shallow root and is therefore dependent on regular rainfall. In addition, it finds less support in the ground in strong winds. By the effects of devastating storms, We have finally recognized the drought and heat, that a healthy mixed forest is more resilient and has a significantly higher biodiversity. According to Bavarian State Forests (Those: Bavarian State Forests | Waldumbau (baysf.de) ) should these climate-sensitive coniferous forests up to 2032 in a healthy mixed forest with at least 30% Hardwood- or part of the fir tree.

Since the tinder fungus only grows on deciduous trees, preferably on beeches and birches, thrives, it will be able to spread further in the future, even in forests, in which previously almost only conifers were to be found. The tinder fungus decomposes weakened trees with its mycelium and thus makes the nutrients of dead trees available again for the younger generation of trees. In addition, it creates a habitat for the dead wood decomposers and for various species of sponge beetle and thus contributes to biodiversity.