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Article Number - 8C4E06A48079


Vol.9(19), pp. 834 - 839 , October 2014
DOI: 10.5897/SRE2014.6081
ISSN: 1992-2248



Full Length Research Paper

Influence of post-fire successional gradients in Pinus brutia forests on ground beetle community changes


Burcin Yenisey Kaynas




Department of Biology, Faculty of Arts and Science, Mehmet Akif Ersoy University, İstiklal Campus, Burdur/Turkey.


Email: bykaynas@mehmetakif.edu.tr






 Received: 14 August 2014  Accepted: 26 September 2014  Published: 15 October 2014

Copyright © 2014 Author(s) retain the copyright of this article.
This article is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0


Fire is a common disturbance factor in Mediterranean ecosystems. It is a very spectacular ecological force because it destroys ecosystems in a very short time. Insect groups are commonly used as indicators to evaluate habitat changes after disturbances. In this study, the successional changes were evaluated by the composition of ground beetles communities in East Mediterranean pine forests. Ground beetle fauna was investigated using pit-fall traps at 17 sampling sites in Pinus brutia forests burned in different times. Plant species richness, vegetation and surface characteristics were measured as microhabitat variables in the study sites and the relationships between ground beetle abundance and microhabitat variables were estimated with Pearson Correlation Analysis. As a result, it was determined that recolonization of ground beetle communities did not occur in early successional stages. In the sites burned 9, 16 and 26 years ago, that represent middle and late successional stages, the abundance and species richness of Carabidae were higher and then decrease again in mature pine forest. The relationships between microhabitat parameters and Carabidae abundance were estimated and changes of ground beetle communities depending on microhabitat structure were not determined.
 
Key words: Carabidae, disturbance, Mediterranean, succession, fire.

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APA Kaynas, B. Y. (2014). Influence of post-fire successional gradients in Pinus brutia forests on ground beetle community changes. Scientific Research and Essays, 9(19), 834 - 839.
Chicago Burcin Yenisey Kaynas. "Influence of post-fire successional gradients in Pinus brutia forests on ground beetle community changes." Scientific Research and Essays 9, no. 19 (2014): 834 - 839.
MLA Burcin Yenisey Kaynas. "Influence of post-fire successional gradients in Pinus brutia forests on ground beetle community changes." Scientific Research and Essays 9.19 (2014): 834 - 839.
   
DOI 10.5897/SRE2014.6081
URL http://academicjournals.org/journal/SRE/article-abstract/8C4E06A48079

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