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Sustainability 2019, 11(23), 6851;

Soil Microbiota of Dystric Cambisol in the High Tatra Mountains (Slovakia) after Windthrow
Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava, 842 15 Bratislava, Slovakia
Institute of Molecular Biology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, 845 51 Bratislava, Slovakia
Faculty of Medicine, Slovak Medical University, 833 03 Bratislava, Slovakia
Department of Landscape Ecology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava, 842 15 Bratislava, Slovakia
Science Park, Comenius University in Bratislava, 841 04 Bratislava, Slovakia
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 10 October 2019 / Accepted: 22 November 2019 / Published: 2 December 2019


There has been much more damage to forests in the Slovak Republic in the second half of the 20th century than to other European countries. Forested mountain massifs have become a filter of industrial and transportation emissions from abroad, as well as from domestic origins. There are not only acidic deposits of sulphur and heavy metals present in forest soils, but other additional environmental problems, such as climate change, storms, fires, floods, droughts, are worsening the situation. Therefore, forest terrestrial ecosystems are becoming more vulnerable due to changes in natural and environmental conditions. In the High Tatra Mountains in Slovakia, which are protected as a national park, four internationally monitored localities were established after the windthrow disaster in 2004 and fire in 2005: REF, with intact forest; EXT, with extracted wood mass; NEX, with non-extracted wood mass; and FIR, the burnt locality. Soils from these localities were microbiologically analysed with special attention to fungi. Bacterial microbiota detected by high-throughput sequencing showed the prevalence of the genera Acidothermus, Mycobacterium, and Nocardia, and a very low presence of the genera Acidibacter, Burkholderia-Paraburkholderia, Optitus and the uncultured genus Desulfurellaceae H16 in the soil sample from the burnt locality when compared with the unburned sites. Additionally, soil mycocoenoses showed a low similarity between the locality with an intact forest ecosystem and the localities with extracted (REF–EXT) and non-extracted (REF–NEX) wood mass. There was no similarity with the burnt locality (FIR), where heat-resistant fungi dominated. It was shown that the windthrow disaster and subsequent extraction or non-extraction of wood mass did not affect the soil microbial communities or their development. On the other hand, the influence of fire was significant.
high-throughput sequencing; soil microbial communities; dystric cambisol; windthrow; fire

1. Introduction

Forest ecosystems worldwide are damaged by a variety of agents, resulting in the destruction of individual trees and sometimes the decline of entire forest complexes [1]. Extreme events such as storms, flooding, droughts, and heatwaves, together with anthropogenic interventions, are considered to be the most perilous threats in many European regions. In the past few decades, climate change has been recognized as one of the most serious challenges facing the world. As a consequence, all terrestrial ecosystems are becoming more vulnerable due to changes in natural and environmental conditions. The loss of ecological functions in forest terrestrial ecosystems is a very sensitive topic, especially in protected areas with a high level of nature conservation [2], such as the High Tatras National Park in Slovakia. The climate variation influences the adaptive capacity of the ecosystem to respond to potential impacts, as well as its sensitivity [3,4].
Among all terrestrial ecosystems, forests are especially exposed to windstorms, fire, harvesting, insect outbreaks, and pathogen infections, which can significantly modify forest soil carbon dynamics [5]. Wind is the most detrimental factor in European forest ecosystems. For instance, a storm in Gudurn in southern Sweden in January 2005 caused economic damage of 2.4 billion euros in total [6]; however, the social and environmental costs have not been reported. The increased number, size, and severity of forest fires as a result of recent climatic changes has been reported across Europe. The area of land affected by wildfires in Europe in 2014 was estimated to be 83,809 ha [7]. In 2017, the area of burnt regions increased, and in European countries fires covered 1,004,407 ha [8]. Windstorms and wildfires have several ecological and environmental impacts. Both have lasting effects on the composition of the microbial community, cause losses in the canopy or herb layers, and decrease the quantity and quality of soil organic matter [9,10].
Forest stands and aboveground vegetation are crucial for sustaining appropriate soil conditions. Aboveground (foliage) and belowground (fine roots) litter from dead trees serve as a source of nutrients, improve microclimate conditions and, via root systems, help to improve soil aeration and aggregate formation. Additionally, litter enhances the mineralization of organic matter, which serves as a source of energy and is considered to be a principal pool of carbon and other nutrients for soil microorganisms [11,12]. Soil microbiota is fundamental for supporting a healthy and vital forest ecosystem. By studying the impact of disturbances, as well as how community composition influences ecosystem functioning, it is possible to evaluate the response and progress of the microbial community in a changing environment [13].
The forest is a natural element in the Tatra Mountains that covers almost 60,000 ha on both their Slovak and Polish sides. The Tatra Mountains are the highest part of the Carpathian mountain range and are considered to be a “geographic island” due to their altitude and geomorphological constellation. Because of this island effect, strong winds often take place, frequently reaching speeds of more than 10 m/s. After several windstorms in the 1920s, a large area was systematically forested. From the 1920s to the 1980s, the Tatra forest suffered several natural disturbances, such as windstorms, wildfires, and insect calamities [14,15,16]. At the beginning of the 20th century, an area of 12,000 ha in the Tatra National Park was seriously damaged by northern winds called bora. Bora is a type of katabatic wind with a northern to northeastern direction and high velocities, which exceeded 200 km/h in November 2004. The following year, a part of the damaged area of about 220 ha was affected by wildfire [17]. In the last few years, the intensity and occurrence of such natural events have increased. It remains unclear whether the more frequent occurrence of windstorms is a consequence of climate change.
In November 2004, forests on the south-oriented slopes were heavily damaged by bora winds. Cold downslope winds with speeds exceeding 230 km/h destroyed 12,000 ha (2.3 million m3) of spruce forest. According to the area and the amount of wood involved, it was the biggest natural calamity ever documented in Slovakia and the surrounding countries. The disaster is counted among the 10 most terrible European wind calamities over the last 30 years [18]. At four internationally monitored localities (Figure 1), systematic ecological observations from many research fields were initiated to monitor climate and land-use changes [19], water repellence of forest soils [20], soil properties in relation to the determination of organic fractions and enzymatic activity [21], soil microbiology and microbial diversity [22,23], plant community structure and changes in vegetation cover [24], tree-ring reconstruction [25] and soil fauna changes [26].
There is much to be gained from interdisciplinary communication about the nature and consequences of recurrent wind damage [27]. The aim of our study was to evaluate the impact on soil microbiomes of different forest management techniques after the windthrow and fire, compared with an intact forest soil environment, used as reference. Our investigation was focused especially on soil fungi using high-throughput sequencing together with traditional cultivation methods.

2. Materials and Methods

2.1. Study Sites and Soil Sampling

Soil samples were collected at four internationally monitored research localities (Table 1 and Figure 2) of about 30 m × 30 m. The first locality, REF (reference), is a site near Vyšné Hágy with an intact forest ecosystem and was selected for comparison. In 2014, its forest ecosystem was destroyed by a windthrow event with lower intensity than that of 2004, and the locality REF was subsequently renamed to REX (reference and extracted). The second locality, EXT (extracted), located near Danielov Dom, is a site with extracted wood mass after the windthrow of 2004. The third locality, NEX (non-extracted), near Tatranská Lomnica-Jamy, has non-extracted wood mass after the windthrow left for self-regeneration. The fourth locality, FIR (fire), near Tatranské Zruby, was damaged by the fire in 2005 after the windthrow of the previous year [17].
Soil samples from all monitored localities were taken from the A horizon up to a depth of 15 cm from five sampling points during the vegetation period in 2005 and 2016. Soil from all five sampling points in each site was pooled to prepare the average soil sample. Under laboratory conditions, each of them was homogenized by quartering, sieved (2 mm) to fine soil and stored at 4 °C in darkness for approximately 10 days, until the soil samples were processed. The resulting fine soils were used for all chemical and microbiological analyses.

2.2. Basic Chemical Analyses

The aqueous pH was determined potentiometrically by means of a glass electrode in a 1:5 suspension of the sample substrate. Oxidizable organic carbon (%Cox) content was determined by oxidimetry under laboratory conditions. Organic carbon is oxidized by oxygen released from K2Cr2O7 in a strong acidic moiety (H2SO4). The amount of O2 that oxidized organic carbon is calculated using the difference between the non-reacted and reacted amounts of chromic acid (K2Cr2O7 + H2SO4). The non-reacted chromic acid is detected by salt dilution titration. The total nitrogen amount (%Ntot) was determined according to Jodlbauer. Before distillation, organic nitrogen is converted into its ammonic form by catalytic mineralization with sulphuric acid. In concentrated H2SO4, phenol is nitrated into p-nitrophenol, subsequently reduced by hydrogen to p-aminophenol, and its amino-nitrogen is finally converted into the ammonic form. Ammoniacal nitrogen is detected by distillation [28].
Extractable basic nutrients (KMII, MgMII, CaMII, KMIII, MgMIII, and CaMIII) were measured using ICP-AES VARIAN 725 ES atomic emission spectrometry with inductively coupled plasma in 2016 in the certificate laboratory of the National Forest Centre, Zvolen, Slovakia. Analyses of extractable basic nutrients were done in extraction solution according to Mehlich; analyses were done in the certificated laboratory. Analysis details: The chemical composition of MII and MIII extraction dilution is different. The MIII one is strong acidic (pH 2), recently used for forestal soils. It enables detection of microelements next to the macroelements. The second ones are undetectable by the MII method. Extraction dilution Mehlich’s II: it is the acidic solution with 0.015 M NH4F for higher solubility of different forms of phosphorus bound to Fe and Al. There are also 0.2 M NH4Cl, 0.2 M acetic acid, and 0.012 M HCl to desorb K, Ca, and Mg in the extraction solution. The solution must be prepared fresh daily as it is unstable over 24 h. Extraction solution according to Mehlich III: there are the same chemicals present as in the Mehlich’s II solution here, but its strong acidic reaction (pH 2) is reached due to titration with 0.013 M KNO3. The solution models very well availability of soil nutrients to plants. Addition of EDTA (0.001 M) enables release of nutritionally important microelements. The expiration time of the solution is 24 h as well [29].

2.3. DNA Extraction and PCR Amplification

The DNA from the samples REF, EXT, NEX, and FIR (recovered in 2016) was extracted by means of the DNeasy PowerSoil kit (Qiagen, Hilden, Germany) according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The extracted DNA of the samples had a concentration which varied from 23 to 48 ng/μL.
Three microliters of DNA from each sample were used for the amplification by various PCR assays oriented to the bacterial V1-V4 variable region of 16S rRNA gene (27f—AGA GTT TGA TCC TGG CTC AG/685r—TCT ACG CAT TTC ACC GCT AC) and fungal internal transcribed spacers (ITS; ITS1—TCC GTA GGT GAA CCT GCG G/ITS4—TCC TCC GCT TAT TGA TAT GC). The PCR conditions were as follows: 94 °C/2 min; 35 cycles: 94 °C/1 min; 54 °C/1 min; 72 °C/1 min; 72 °C/8 min. The PCR mixtures (25 μL) of each assay were comprised of the extracted DNA, 50 pmol of each primer, 200 μmol/L dNTP, 1 U of Platinum Taq DNA polymerase (Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, MA, USA), 1X PCR buffer and 1.5 mM Mg2+. Four microliters of each PCR amplicon were checked in 1% agarose gel and the rest of the PCR product was purified using a Monarch PCR cleanup kit (New England BioLabs, Ipswich, MA, USA). Ten microliters of sterile distilled water were used to elute the amplicon from the cleanup column. The purified product obtained from each PCR assay was analysed by high-throughput sequencing (HTS) using a MiSeq Illumina platform.

2.4. High-Throughput Sequencing

A sequence library was performed using the Nextera XT DNA library kit (Illumina, San Diego, CA, USA). Library preparation followed the standard library preparation protocol of the producer, with modifications. PCR was performed with 12 reaction cycles as recommended, but with 0.5 ng of input DNA. Bacterial 16S rRNA and eukaryotic ITS amplicon sequences were tagmented by transposon to sequences of approximately 300 bp. Limited-cycle PCR and mutual indexing amplified the DNA library. Dual indexing enabled an increase in the number of pooled samples with a reduction of costs for high-throughput sequencing. Size selection was carried out with 45 mL AMPure XP beads to enrich the sample with fragments shorter than 500 bp. The libraries were validated using an Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer (Agilent Technologies, Waldbronn, Germany) and the quantity was determined with a Qubit 2.0 Fluorometer (Thermo Fisher Scientific). For sequencing of the 4 nM pool of libraries, a MiSeq Sequencing Kit v3 600 cycles (Illumina) was used. Paired-end sequencing was carried out with a 200 bp read length setting.

2.5. Bioinformatic Evaluation

We removed adapters and low quality ends of sequenced reads using Trimmomatic (parameters LEADING:20 SLIDINGWINDOW:5:20) [30] based on quality control statistics generated by FastQC [31]. After trimming, fragments without sufficient length of both reads (at least 35 bases) were removed from the read sets (Trimmomatic parameter MINLEN:35). We also filtered duplicated copies of DNA fragments, as they were most likely introduced by the PCR amplification [32].
Filtered reads from 16S samples were labelled with taxonomy from the Silva database (version111) [33] using the Metaxa2 classifier [34]. ITS fragments were labelled using the Emirge classifier [35]. We used UNITE database version 7.1 [36] as the reference database of ITS gene sequences. We summarized the taxonomic counts in each sample and visualized them in the form of multilevel pie charts generated by KronaTools [37].
Taxonomic counts were compared with principal component analysis (PCA), performed with Python sklearn library [38]. Alpha diversities (Simpson metric) were calculated with the Python sklearn.diversity package [38]. Beta diversities (Bray Curtis metric) were calculated with in-house scripts.

2.6. Isolation and Cultivation of Soil Filamentous Fungi Including Heat-Resistant Species

The cultivable filamentous fungi were isolated by direct inoculation up to dilutions of 104 CFU (colony forming units) per 1 g of dry sample plates of CD (Czapek Dox agar), PDA (potato dextrose agar), MEA (malt extract agar) and SDA (Sabouraud dextrose agar; all HiMedia, Mumbai, India), followed by cultivation in the dark at 25 °C for 7–10 days. The heat-resistant fungal species were isolated from 100 g of fine-sieved soil heated in Rose Bengal (150 mg/L; HiMedia, Mumbai, India) enriched double strengthened SDA at 75 °C for 30 min, plated and subsequently cultivated at 25 °C for 10–14 days according to Samson et al. [39]. All soil samples were processed in three replications. All of the morphologically distinct colonies were selected from the resulting mixed culture and purified. The isolates were then maintained on the original isolation agar media and identified up to the species level according to Pitt [40], de Hoog et al. [41], Samson and Frisvad [42] and Domsch et al. [43]. Molecular identification was applied in some cases as well, according to the ITS PCR protocol described in Section 2.3 and Sanger sequencing (outsourcing facility; Eurofins, Ebersberg, Germany). Valid fungal names were modified according to Hubka et al. [44] and Visagie et al. [45].
Beta diversity is the extent of differentiation of communities along habitat gradients [46]. In ecology, the similarity index is often used. The similarity of soil micromycocoenoses based on identified fungi was determined according to Sőrensen SS = 2a/(2a + b + c) and Jaccard SJ = a/(a + b + c), where a is the number of species in sample a, b is the number of species in sample b, and c is the number of species common in both (a and b) samples [47].

3. Results and Discussion

3.1. Soil Characteristics

The plant community structure in all localities before the windthrow was characterized as Lariceto-Picetum. Lariceto-Piceetum, the larch-spruce forest, is the most common group of forest types in the central part of the Tatra National Park. It grows on an area of almost 4500 ha, vertically, from an elevation of about 1000 m up to the high forestal border. Acidophilic species of the herbal level, such as Vaccinium myrtillus, Oxalis acetosella, Rubus hirtus, Prenanthes purpurea, Polygonatum verticillatum, Dryopteris dillatata, and Athyrium filix-femina, are typical or may even dominate in this forest [18].
Dystric Cambisol is the type of soil in the area studied [48]. Cambisols are the most widespread soil types in Slovakia, with increased raw humus content in climatically steep altitudes, as is typical for the Tatra Mountains. At all locations, the values of soil pH ranged from pH 3.9 to pH 4.8 in 2005, and from pH 3.7 to pH 4.4 in 2016. Despite the fact that, throughout eleven years the pH values have fallen, they remain significantly acidic regardless of the chosen management at localities after the windthrow. We detected an increase of %Cox at all plots in 2016 compared to 2005 (REF 1.20x; EXT 3.37x; NEX 1.39x; FIR 2.45x). This corresponds to the findings of Fleischer and Homolová [17]. Extracted (EXT) and burnt (FIR) plots showed more significant increases compared to plots with intact forest (REF) and those with non-extracted wood mass (NEX), which was caused by wood extraction at the plot EXT and by fire ash at the plot FIR. Wood extraction allowed rapid secondary succession of the herbal layer, enhancing primary production and, thus, carbon content in topsoil. A similar effect was observed at the plot FIR, where the extracted area, fertilized by ashes from the fire, enhanced primary production and nutrient availability. Measurements of %Ntot in 2016 indicated a decrease compared to 2005 at the plot REF by 1.94×, NEX 1.27× and FIR 1.09×, while at EXT, the %Ntot increased by 1.08×. As presented in Table 1, there are differences between the FIR locality and the others. The effects of fire and the application of wood ash to forest soils are used to compensate nutrient loss and avoid water acidification [49,50,51]. According to Bogunovic et al. [52], Heydari et al. [53], and Xue et al. [54], fire modifies concentrations of extractable basic nutrients such as potassium (K), magnesium (Mg), and calcium (Ca). Despite the fact that analyses of extractable basic nutrients were done only in 2016, there is a clear difference between the studied locations, with the maximum values detected at the burnt locality (Table 2). Thermal ash analysis made in 2005 from the FIR locality showed that the samples contained about 7 wt % of water and light pyrolysis products. The TG analysis measurements were taken using STD 2960 (T.A. Instruments, Artisan technology group, Champaign, IL, USA) in linear heating regimes with the rates 5.0 °C min−1 in temperature region 30.0–800.0 °C. An organic fraction of approximately 50 wt % is released at temperatures below 600 °C. Above this temperature, the change in the ash mass is only 1 wt %. This means that the inorganic fraction of carbon is low and that the ash samples are the product of incomplete combustion [55,56]. At this location, a 3 cm thick layer of burnt organic material is visible (Figure 3).

3.2. High-Throughput Sequencing Analysis of Bacterial 16S rRNA Gene

High-throughput amplicon sequencing analysis of the soil microbiome, oriented to the 16S rRNA gene, revealed certain differences among the analysed soil samples. Percentages were calculated from the number of identified reads, which were assigned to the given taxa based on homology to reference sequences in the Silva database.
The analysed reads were divided into four major phyla: Proteobacteria (56.07% NEX; 23.94% FIR; 43.10% EXT; 67.83% REF), Actinobacteria (16.10%; 48.52%; 25.91%; 9.01%), Verrucomicrobia (5.53%; 2.95%; 4.76%; 7.60%), and Bacteroidetes (1.48%; 5.31%; 4.78%; 1.04%). The abundance of sequence reads assigned to the given taxa at the genera level is graphically summarized in Figure 4 for those detected in quantities above 0.5%.
The uncultured genus Desulfurellaceae H16 (13.93%; 3.38%; 12.26%; 19.63%) belonging to the Desulfurellaceae family were the most commonly detected, followed by the genera Acidothermus (6.43%; 17.64%; 12.67%; 5.09%), Acidibacter (Xanthomonadales Incertae Sedis; 11.83%; 5.57%; 7.29%; 14.83%), Mycobacterium (3.51%; 17.94%; 6.99%; 2.31%), and Burkholderia-Paraburkholderia (6.91%; 2.89%; 5.13%; 3.87%).
Nevskia (0.74%; 1.60%; 0.55%; 14.01%), Opitutus (3.79%; 1.62%; 3.11%; 5.77%), Rhodanobacter (7.27%; 0.80%; 5.51%; 0.50%), Nocardia (2.44%; 5.53%; 3.30%; 1.08%), and Pseudomonas (4.36%; 2.91%; 1.38%; 2.31%) were also within the top 10 bacterial genera detected.
The genus Acidothermus occurred more on the locality FIR (17.64%) and on the locality EXT (12.67%). Acidothermus cellulolyticus is the sole species, in the sole genus of the family Acidothermaceae [57]. A. cellulolyticus was described by Mohagheghi et al. [58] as a thermophilic, acidophilic, and cellulolytic bacterium, capable of rapid degradation of cellulose and with relatively high growth temperatures. It was isolated from Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA. Barabote et al. [59] presented the complete genome of A. cellulolyticus. A sizable fraction of its hydrolytic enzymes break down plant cell walls, while the remaining ones either degrade components of fungal cell walls or metabolize storage carbohydrates such as glycogen and trehalose, implying the relative importance of these different sources. These abilities also elevate the industrial value of the species.
Mycobacteria were the predominant taxa in the organic soil horizons in the New Jersey Pinelands after a severe wildfire which burned over 7000 ha [60]. Due to their cell wall composition and their adaptability, they can survive in different habitats. The environmental diversity of fast-growing mycobacteria remains largely unknown. However, they could be of major interest for bioremediation of PAH-contaminated soils [61]. The amount of Mycobacterium spp. was relatively low in our soil samples, except at the locality FIR (17.94%).
Nocardia, Nocardioides, and Streptomyces belonging to the phylum Actinobacteria were predominant in the FIR locality (5.53%). This finding is in agreement with other investigations, which described a higher presence of Actinobacteria in soils after wildfire [62,63,64].
The prevalence of the members of the genus Nevskia was shown only in the soil sample from the REF locality (14.01%). The members of the genus Nevskia are isolated relatively rarely from soils and are very sensitive to soil pH, organic carbon, and organic nitrogen [65]. Most of Nevskia spp., e.g., N. ramosa [66], N. aquatilis and N. persephonica [67], inhabit aqueous environments, while N. soli [68] and N. terrae [69] are isolated mainly from soils.
The presence of denitrifying bacteria from the genus Rhodanobacter is correlated to lower pH conditions. These bacteria are abundant and active mostly in areas highly contaminated by uranium and nitrate [70]. In our study, Rhodanobacter reads were observed mostly in two localities, NEX (7.27%) and EXT (5.51%) (Figure 4).

3.3. High-Throughput Sequencing Analysis of Fungal ITS Fragment

The most abundant genera detected in all four localities are graphically summarized in Figure 5. The major phyla detected by sequencing were comprised of Ascomycota (23.11% NEX; 20.59% FIR; 27.98% EXT; 23.60% REF), Basidiomycota (30.53%; 7.86%; 10.49%; 3.11%), Mortierellomycota (3.00%; 5.27%; 2.92%; 4.09%), Mucoromycota (0.06%; 1.29%; 0.25%; 0.89%) and Zoopagomycota (0.19%; 0.08%; 0.61%; 0.00%). These five phyla were further represented by 12 classes: Agaricomycetes (23.80%; 6.99%; 10.08%; 2.82%), Archaeorhizomycetes (1.25%; 13.87%; 12.47%; 12.50%), Leotiomycetes (13.84%; 5.14%; 8.74%; 8.25%), Mortierellomycetes (3.00%; 5.27%; 2.92%; 4.09%), Eurotiomycetes (1.27%; 0.60%; 4.41%; 1.42%), Microbotryomycetes (6.62%; 0.05%; 0.11%; 0.15%), Saccharomycetes (5.47%; 0.00%; 0.00%; 0.00%), Dothideomycetes (1.28%; 0.98%; 1.50%; 1.42%), Umbelopsidomycetes (0.06%; 1.29%; 0.25%; 0.89%), Tremellomycetes (0.11%; 0.82%; 0.30%; 0.14%), Sordariomycetes (0.00%; 0.00%; 0.87%; 0.00%), and Zoopagomycetes (0.19%; 0.08%; 0.61%; 0.00%); and 16 orders: Archaeorhizomycetales (1.25%; 13.87%, 12.47%, 12.50%), Agaricales (2.20%; 3.00%; 1.00%; 0.00%), Atheliales (5.63%; 0.03%; 0.60%; 0.95%), Boletales (0.83%; 1.87%; 0.98%; 0.57%), Capnodiales (1.28%; 0.98%; 1.50%; 1.42%), Eurotiales (1.27%; 0.60%; 4.41%; 1.42%), Helotiales (13.84%; 5.14%; 8.74%; 8.25%), Hypocreales (0.00%; 0.00%; 0.87%; 0.00%), Mortierellales (3.00%; 5.27%; 2.92%; 4.09%), Russulales (14.79%; 0.09%; 4.61%; 1.30%), Saccharomycetales (5.47%; 0.00%; 0.00%; 0.00%), Sporidiobolales (6.62%; 0.05%; 0.11%; 0.15%), Thelephorales (0.36%; 1.99%; 2.89%; 0.00%), Tremellales (0.11%; 0.82%; 0.30%; 0.14%), Umbelopsidales (0.06%; 1.29%; 0.25%; 0.89%), and Zoopagales (0.19%; 0.08%; 0.61%; 0.00%).

3.3.1. The Most Abundant Fungal Taxa in All Investigated Samples

Despite the fact that the taxa of Archaeorhizomyces are considered to be ubiquitous and are detected in many soil ecosystems worldwide [71], our study revealed their relatively low abundance (1.25%) in the NEX locality (with non-extracted wood mass after the windthrow left for self-regeneration). Their highest quantity (13.87%) was found at the FIR locality (which suffered a fire in the year 2005). Choma et al. [72] stated that the low abundance of Archaeorhizomycetes in the soil fungal communities might be non-negligible.
Oidiodendron (11.75%) was the most common detected taxa in the NEX locality. The genus Oidiodendron, also known as cosmopolitan fungi, is usually found in soil or different cellulose substrates [43]. Mortierella spp. are typical moulds in soil and rhizospheres, including those of conifers [73] and are commonly considered as soil-inhabiting saprobic organisms in decaying organic matter [74]. The study of Štursová et al. [75] revealed that the presence of saprotrophic Mortierella and Meliniomyces, mycorrhizal symbionts of bilberries, in soil samples during bark beetle-induced tree dieback was steady over time, but variable. The distribution of reads identified as Mortiella was, in our case, approximately equal among the investigated localities (NEX, FIR, EXT, REF), with a slight predominance in the FIR locality. The genus Meliniomyces (6.32%) was significant in the REF locality (intact forest ecosystem).

3.3.2. The Significant Abundance of Fungal Taxa on the NEX Locality

Genera of Stereum (10.61%), Candida (5.47%), and Rhodosporidiobolus (3.96%) were observed only in the NEX locality (non-extracted wood mass after the windthrow left for self-regeneration) soil with relatively high abundance. Representatives of the Stereum spp. are known for their wood decay capabilities [76]; therefore, it is not surprising that this genus was only observed there. An earlier study by González et al. [77] revealed numerous new yeasts belonging to Candida species present in decayed wood material, detected mainly in the initial stages of delignification and fungal transformation in cattle feed. Many species of this genus were subsequently described and isolated from decayed wood material, e.g., Candida santjacobensis and C. ancudensis [78].
Not all yeast species isolated from soils are indigenous soil inhabitants, as they may originate from other sources. Yeasts from plant surfaces, e.g., Rhodotorula, Rhodosporidiobolus, and Sporobolomyces, are often recovered from soils [79]. Thus, only Rhodosporidiobolus (3.96% NEX; 0.00% FIR; 0.00% EXT; 0.00% REF), Rhodotorula (2.16%; 0.02%; 0.00%; 0.00%), and Sporobolomyces (0.50%; 0.02%; 0.11%; 0.15%) were present, predominantly in the NEX locality.
Other genera, such as Tylospora (3.69%; 0.03%; 0.25%; 0.58%), Lactarius (3.12%; 0.00%; 0.29%; 0.41%), Amphinema (1.93%; 0.00%; 0.35%; 0.36%), Inocybe (2.07%; 0.45%; 0.04%; 0.00%), and Zasmidium (0.69%; 0.19%; 0.26%; 0.09%), also prevailed in the NEX locality in comparison to the other localities. The genera of ectomycorrhizal fungi, such as Tylospora and Lactarius, were mainly identified in spruce or oak soil plots in a previous study [80]. Amphinema spp. was also detected and identified as one of the dominant taxa in the forest soil samples after clear-cut logging [81].

3.3.3. The Significant Abundance of Fungal Taxa on the FIR Locality

The genus Hygrocybe was observed (1.90%) only in the FIR locality (fire in 2005), and the abundance of the genus Umbelopsis (0.06%; 1.29%; 0.25%; 0.89%) was higher in this locality when compared with the others. Although the genus Hygrocybe was one of the five most abundant genera (3.7%) in soil microbial communities from the northern coniferous forests after timber harvesting [82], in our case this genus was absent in all localities except for FIR (1.9%). Štursová et al. [83] demonstrated the presence of the genus Hygrocybe in Picea abies forest litter microcosmos. Also, the genus Umbelopsis was described as a fresh litter inhabitant with its seasonal maximum in autumn [84]. Some discrepancies with the published data by Azaz and Pekel [85] were observed in the case of the genus Penicillium. These authors described this genus as the richest taxa occurring in burnt forest soils, analysed by a cultivation soil dilution plate method. In our case, these genera had the lowest abundance (0.6%) in the FIR locality, approximately two times lower than in the other localities. Similar data were obtained by Widden and Parkinson [86]. They concluded that the species of Penicillium were devitalized by the heat of the fire and were subsequently unable to recolonize the upper layers of the soil. In addition, the genus Amphinema was missing in the FIR locality.

3.3.4. The Significant Abundance of Fungal Taxa on the EXT and REF Localities

The genus Russula (4.33%) appeared to be significant in the EXT locality (extracted wood mass after the windthrow), while the genera of Elaphomyces (3.20%) and Fusarium (0.87%) were only observed in this location. Tomentella (2.89%) was observed mostly in the EXT area and was absent in the REF locality.
The ectomycorrhizal mushrooms belonging to the genus Russula, together with Lactarius, are members of the family Russulaceae, which are among the most speciose and abundant groups of boreal ectomycorrhiza (ECMR) [87]. Štursová et al. [75] observed the relatively high abundance of Russula in the forest soil after 2 years of tree dieback, which may be associated with its potential ability to grow saprotrophically and to decompose the structural polymers of dead spruce roots [83]. The presence of Russula was approximately 4 times higher in the EXT locality than in the other three analysed samples, reaching a percentage of 4.33%. Voříšková et al. [84] demonstrated that the abundance of ECMR in the temperate oak forest soil varies during the seasons. The results of their work revealed that the highest abundances of Russula (7%), Lactarius (6%), and Tomentella (not quantified) were recorded in summer, and the lowest ones (Russula 1% and Lactarius 0.3%) in spring. Fusarium is important as a biodegradation agent, surviving from one season to the next on decaying plant material, and is able to survive for up to 16 years in the soil [88].
Despite the fact that the taxa of Archaeorhizomyces are considered to be ubiquitous and are detected in many soil ecosystems worldwide [71], our study revealed its relatively low abundance (1.25%) in the NEX locality (non-extracted wood mass after the windthrow left for self-regeneration) and the highest (13.87%) in the FIR locality (fire in 2005). Choma et al. [72] described that the low abundance of Archaeorhizomycetes in soil fungal communities might be non-negligible.
Oidiodendron (11.75%) was the most-often-detected taxon in the NEX locality. Oidiodendron is known as a cosmopolitan taxon whose members are usually found in soil or on different cellulose substrates [43]. Mortierella spp. are typical in soil and rhizospheres, including those of conifers [73] and its members are commonly considered to be soil-inhabiting saprobic organisms on decaying organic matter [74]. The study by Štursová et al. [75] revealed that the presence of saprotrophic Mortierella and Meliniomyces, mycorrhizal symbionts of bilberries, in soil samples during bark beetle-induced tree dieback, was steady over time but variable. The distribution of reads found that Mortiella was, in our case, approximately equal among the investigated localities (NEX, FIR, EXT, REF), with a slight predominance in the FIR locality.
Only the genus Meliniomyces (6.32%) was significant at the REF locality (intact forest ecosystem).

3.4. Alpha and Beta Diversity Analysis

The results of alpha and beta diversity analysis are summarized in Table 3 and Figure 6, respectively. According to these results, the highest alpha diversity, in the case of bacteria calculated from all taxa detected on the genus degree, was observed in the sample EXT (0.945), and the lowest in the sample REF (0.907). The highest alpha diversity in the case of fungi was observed in the sample NEX (0.946), and the lowest in the sample REF (0.905). Beta diversity analysis showed that the bacterial communities differed mostly between samples REF and FIR (0.594), and the lowest bacterial diversity was observed between samples NEX and EXT (0.224). The highest fungal beta diversity occurred between REF and EXT localities (0.752), and the most similar fungal consortia composition was between samples from locality REF and EXT (0.364).

3.5. Cultivable Soil Filamentous Fungi

Thirty-two genera and 58 species of soil filamentous fungi were recovered from the Dystric Cambisol soil samples. In 2005, the diversity of soil filamentous fungi was relatively low in all of the studied samples (12 species at the localities REF and NEX, 15 species at FIR, and 17 at EXT). In 2016, a slight increase in biodiversity was recorded, starting with the locality NEX (19 species), and increasingly more pronounced in the REF (22 species), EXT (27 species), and FIR (28 species) locations. At all of the localities tested, Zygomycota occurred relatively rarely, and Mortierella bainieri, Mucor hiemalis f. hiemalis, Zygorhynchus heterogamus, and Z. moelleri were their most abundant representatives. Ascomycota dominated in all of the localities, of which Penicillium was the most abundant genus (22 species). The localities EXT, REF, and NEX showed minimal mycological differences. Aspergillus thermomutans as Neosartorya pseudofischeri, Chaetomium sp., Ch. atrobrunneum, Ch. funicola, Lasiodiplodia theobromae, Penicillium alutaceum as Eupenicillium alutaceum, P. expansum, P. funiculosum, P. inusitatum as E. inusitatum, P. indonesiae as E. ludwigii, P. melanoforme as E. melanoforme, P. osmophilum as E. osmophilum, P. parvum as E. parvum, Phialophora bubakii, Scopulariopsis sp., Staphylotrichum coccosporum, Talaromyces wortmanii, and Dichobotrys abundans were isolated only from the burnt locality (FIR). Most of these were isolated after heat treatment of the soil samples (Table 4).
Up to now, 81 genera and 242 species of soil filamentous fungi had been described in the Dystric Cambisol in Slovakia [89]. In the current study, species of Aspergillus fischeri as Neosartorya fischeri, A. fischeri var. glaber as N. glabra, Cheatomium atrobrunneum, Geosmithia argillacea, Myxotrichum deflexum, Penicillium abidjanum as Eupenicillium abidjanum, P. alutaceum as E. alutaceum, P. inusitatum as E. inusitatum, P. indonesiae as E. erubescens and E. ludwigii, P. melanoforme as E. melanoforme, P. parvum as E. parvum, P. sclerotigenum, Piptocephalis lepidula, Scopulariopsis asperula, Talaromyces thermophilus, and Verticillium lecani were recorded from Slovakian Dystric Cambisol soils for the first time.
Mortierella alpina, M. bainieri, Mucor hiemalis f. hiemalis and Trichoderma koningii are found most frequently in alpine environments, with similarities from 97 to 99% [90]. Except for the Trichoderma species, the others (Mortierella, Mucor, or Rhizopus) were not present in our burnt plot. On the other hand, our results correspond well with those of Azaz and Pekel [85]. According to them, Aspergillus, Penicillium, Cladosporium, Trichoderma, and Chaetomium spp. usually dominate in burnt forest soils.
The diversity of communities seems to be a result of non-extreme conditions, stable conditions, evolutionary and successional time, and the kind of community developed in that time. The extent of differentiation of communities along habitat gradients is known as beta diversity [46]. Indexes of similarity or dissimilarity of fungal communities were determined according to Sørensen and Jaccard. As shown in Table 5, there is a low similarity between soil mycocoenoses in the locality with an intact forest ecosystem and the localities with extracted wood mass (REF–EXT 53.3%) and non-extracted wood mass (REF–NEX 53.80%). Mycocoenosis on the burnt locality (FIR) is not similar to any of the others. This means that the windthrow and subsequent extraction or non-extraction of wood mass did not affect the soil mycobiota or its development. However, the fire was a significant event. As shown by Leckie [91], burnt soils have proportionally more filamentous fungi, which may be related to heat-resistant propagules or recolonization by air-borne spores.
While aiming to investigate the influence of windthrows, as well as harvesting, on forest ecosystems, attention is obviously paid to forest management, disruption of the water cycle, global warming, and soil erosion. The soil microbial community structure has been slightly omitted from these considerations. Both wildfires and harvesting are important disturbances to the forest ecosystem, including its soil microbial communities. As stated by Grishkan [92], wildfire affected the soil microbiota distinctly and with a more pronounced effect than harvesting or windthrow. Gőmőryová et al. [93] studied soil microbial community responses to the windthrow in the High Tatras. Their analyses showed that the highest microbial activity and microbial biomass occurred at the burnt plot and found no distinct differences in microbial attributes between the extracted and non-extracted plots. Ten years after the calamity, significant differences in microbial characteristics were observed between the FIR and the other localities. The results indicate that, at a higher altitude, the effect of fire on soil microorganisms is stronger than that of removing or not removing fallen trees, and can persist even over a decade.
Wildfire may cause several short- and long-term changes in the landscape and in soil environments inhabited by many fungi. The effects of fire on the soil mycobiota are highly variable and depend on many environmental factors, such as the type of soil and vegetation, fire intensity and soil enrichment by released nutrients [22,51,94]. Wildfires, as well as other means of soil warming or heating, form favourable conditions for the occurrence and growth of heat-resistant species and probably also result in the diminishment of many mesophilic microorganisms. This sort of die out releases organic matter and, simultaneously, results also in lowered competition from other microorganisms [56]. Fungi play the role of soil stabilizers and remediators after forest fires because of the formation of the mycelial mat functioning in soil particle aggregation. Some fire-surviving fungi also act as the post-fire fungi because they fruit only after exposure to fire, even though they may have formed mycorrhiza. They are pivotal microorganisms in the early recovery of the ecosystem after a fire, helping to minimize the movement of soil in a time of plant root absence [95].

4. Conclusions

The microbial consortia composition was examined, with a special focus on fungi, in various forest soil samples from four different localities by culture-independent high-throughput sequencing and culture-dependent approaches. The similarities and differences in microbiota composition were compared, with special attention to the most abundant taxa detected. The use of the HTS approach also allowed the detection of low abundance bacteria and fungi in the analysed soil samples. It was not possible to cultivate many of the most abundant taxa observed and identified by HTS. Therefore, it can be stated that the results of the two types of methods are complementary and reflect the much more complex reality.
Bacterial microbiota detected by HTS showed the prevalence of the genera Acidothermus (17.64%), Mycobacterium (17.94%), and Nocardia (5.53%), and the very low presence of the genera Acidibacter (5.57%), Burkholderia-Paraburkholderia (2.89%), Optitus (1.62%), and the uncultured genus Desulfurellaceae H16 (3.38%) in the soil sample from the burnt locality (FIR) when compared to the other locations. In addition, soil mycocoenosis showed a low similarity between the localities with an intact forest ecosystem and the locality with extracted wood mass (REF–EXT), or non-extracted wood mass (RE–NEX), respectively. There was no similarity observed with the burnt locality (FIR), where heat-resistant filamentous fungi dominated.
Based on our results, the windthrow and subsequent extraction or non-extraction of wood mass did not radically affect the soil microbial communities and their development. On the other hand, the influence of fire was significant.
This investigation has contributed to the creation of a coherent picture of the overall soil microbial composition in the High Tatras and could be helpful in determining the further treatment of the forest after windthrows and the changes in soil microbiota after fires. The microbiome forms the base for the development of different ecosystems, even under dramatically changed or extreme conditions. Thanks to the high adaptability of the microbiome to extreme conditions, certain regeneration of biotic communities towards ecologic homeostasis is still possible.

Author Contributions

A.Š., E.P. (Elena Piecková), M.G., J.G. and E.P. (Eva Pauditšová) design the study and performed the sampling. A.Š., E.P. (Elena Piecková), M.G., J.G. have isolated and preliminary identified the fungal strains. L.K. identified the fungal isolates by molecular approach. D.P. designed the next generation sequencing experimentation. L.K. and K.Š. performed the next generation sequencing analysis. J.B., T.S., K.Š. and M.P. carried out the bioinformatics investigation. M.P., A.Š. and D.P. wrote the manuscript. All authors discussed the results and commented on the manuscript.


The work was supported by the Slovak National Grant Agency, projects VEGA 1/0424/18 and VEGA 1/0658/19.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Figure 1. Internationally monitored localities in the High Tatra Mountains in Slovakia established after the windthrow in 2004 and fire in 2005. (Map source: Author: E. Pauditšová, 2019). Legend: REF—reference locality; REX—in 2014 the reference locality was destroyed by windthrow; therefore, the locality was remarked as reference and extracted locality; EXT—locality with extracted wood mass after the windthrow; NEX—locality with non-extracted wood mass after the windthrow which left for self-regeneration; FIR—locality where, after the windthrow, the fire followed in 2005.
Figure 1. Internationally monitored localities in the High Tatra Mountains in Slovakia established after the windthrow in 2004 and fire in 2005. (Map source: Author: E. Pauditšová, 2019). Legend: REF—reference locality; REX—in 2014 the reference locality was destroyed by windthrow; therefore, the locality was remarked as reference and extracted locality; EXT—locality with extracted wood mass after the windthrow; NEX—locality with non-extracted wood mass after the windthrow which left for self-regeneration; FIR—locality where, after the windthrow, the fire followed in 2005.
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Figure 2. Heavily damaged forest areas in the High Tatra Mountains by bora winds (Photos: A. Šimonovičová 2005, 2009, and 2014, J. Gáfriková 2016). Legend: REF—reference locality; REX—in 2014, the reference locality was destroyed by windthrow; therefore, in 2016, the locality was remarked as reference and extracted locality; EXT—locality with extracted wood mass after the windthrow; NEX—locality with non-extracted wood mass after the windthrow, which was left for self-regeneration; FIR—locality where, after the windthrow, the fire followed in 2005.
Figure 2. Heavily damaged forest areas in the High Tatra Mountains by bora winds (Photos: A. Šimonovičová 2005, 2009, and 2014, J. Gáfriková 2016). Legend: REF—reference locality; REX—in 2014, the reference locality was destroyed by windthrow; therefore, in 2016, the locality was remarked as reference and extracted locality; EXT—locality with extracted wood mass after the windthrow; NEX—locality with non-extracted wood mass after the windthrow, which was left for self-regeneration; FIR—locality where, after the windthrow, the fire followed in 2005.
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Figure 3. Sample from FIR locality with 3 cm thick visible layer of burnt organic material (Photo: A. Šimonovičová).
Figure 3. Sample from FIR locality with 3 cm thick visible layer of burnt organic material (Photo: A. Šimonovičová).
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Figure 4. Percentage of 16S rRNA gene-encoded sequence reads assigned to the given bacterial genera detected in individual samples (NEX, FIR, EXT, and REF).
Figure 4. Percentage of 16S rRNA gene-encoded sequence reads assigned to the given bacterial genera detected in individual samples (NEX, FIR, EXT, and REF).
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Figure 5. Percentage of ITS sequence reads assigned to the given fungal genera detected in individual samples (NEX, FIR, EXT, and REF).
Figure 5. Percentage of ITS sequence reads assigned to the given fungal genera detected in individual samples (NEX, FIR, EXT, and REF).
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Figure 6. Principal component analysis of bacterial (A) and fungal (B) microbial compositions. Distance between analysed taxonomic counts, represented by points, corresponds to similarity of their compositions.
Figure 6. Principal component analysis of bacterial (A) and fungal (B) microbial compositions. Distance between analysed taxonomic counts, represented by points, corresponds to similarity of their compositions.
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Table 1. Characteristic at monitored localities and soil characteristics in the High Tatra Mountains.
Table 1. Characteristic at monitored localities and soil characteristics in the High Tatra Mountains.
Monitored LocalitiesREFEXTNEXFIR
GPS localizationN49°07′17.5″ E20°06′16.4″N49°07′11.9″ E20°09′47.6″N49°09′36.3″ E20°15′08.8″N49°07′49.7″ E20°11′57.3″
altitude (a.s.l.)1100–12501040–12601050–11501000–1200
soil typeDystric CambisolDystric CambisolDystric CambisolDystric Cambisol
geologymoraine mindel-rissmoraine donau-mindelmoraine wurmpolygenetic moraine d-m
community structure
(before the windthrow)
(after the windthrow)
comparative intact forestextracted wood massnon-extracted wood massburnt forest
pH H2O (2005)
pH H2O (2016)
% of Cox (2005)
% of Cox (2016)7.711.410.410.3
% of Ntot (2005)
% of Ntot (2016)
Table 2. Extractable basic nutrients at monitored localities in the High Tatra Mountains in 2016.
Table 2. Extractable basic nutrients at monitored localities in the High Tatra Mountains in 2016.
Basic NutrientsMonitored Localities
KMII mg/kg88.110694.1132
MgMII mg/kg26.57947104
CaMII mg/kg103461320820
KMIII mg/kg150156147183
MgMIII mg/kg27.977.744.898.2
CaMIII mg/kg103458310801
MII: Extraction dilution Mehlich II. MIII: Extraction dilution Mehlich III.
Table 3. Alpha diversity analysis of microbial consortia of the localities EXT, FIR, NEX, and REF. The highest values referring to highest diversity are underlined. The lowest values referring to lowest diversity are in bold.
Table 3. Alpha diversity analysis of microbial consortia of the localities EXT, FIR, NEX, and REF. The highest values referring to highest diversity are underlined. The lowest values referring to lowest diversity are in bold.
Alpha Diversity AnalysisEXTFIRNEXREF
16S bacteria (genus degree)0.9450.9200.9430.907
ITS fungi (genus degree)0.9440.9340.9460.905
Table 4. Soil filamentous fungi at monitored localities in the High Tatra Mountains in 2005/2016.
Table 4. Soil filamentous fungi at monitored localities in the High Tatra Mountains in 2005/2016.
Genera/Species/Sequence SimilarityLocalities
Absidia sp.−/−+/+−/−−/−
Achaetomium sp.−/−−/−+/++/+
Acremonium murorum−/−+/+−/−−/−
Alternaria alternata+/++/+−/−+/+
Aspergillus fischeri+/−+/−+/−+/−
Aspergillus fischeri as * Neosartorya fischeri+++
Aspergillus fischeri var. glaber as EF669938 * Neosartorya glabra 100%−/+−/+−/−−/+
Aspergillus thermomutatus as Neosartorya pseudofischeri−/−−/−−/−−/+
Botryotrichum piluliferum−/−−/−+/+−/−
FJ527879 Chaetomium sp. 99.8%−/−−/−−/−−/+
* Chaetomium atrobrunneum−/−−/−−/−−/+
Chaetomium funicola−/−−/−−/−−/+
JN601442 Cladosporium 100%+/+−/−+/+−/−
LN834375 Cladosporium halotolerans 100%−/−−/−−/+−/−
KC113297 Cladosporium sphaeospermum 100%−/+−/+−/+−/−
Clonostachys rosea f. rosea−/−−/+−/−−/−
Dichobotrys abundans as DQ220449 Trichophaea abundans 100%−/−−/−−/−−/+
* Eupenicillium pinetorum−/−−/−−/+−/−
AF033389 Geosmithia argillacea 92%−/+−/−−/−−/−
Gliocladium sp.−/−−/−+/+−/−
LC076682 Hamigera striata 100%−/+−/+−/+−/+
* Lasiodipodia theobromae−/−−/−−/−−/+
Lecanicillium muscarium−/−−/+−/−−/−
Mortierella alpina−/−−/+−/−−/−
Mortierella bainieri+/++/++/+−/−
Mucor sp.+/+−/−+/++/+
Mucor hiemalis f. hiemalis−/+−/+−/+−/−
Myceliophtora thermophila−/−+/++/+−/−
* Myxotrichum deflexum−/+−/−−/−−/−
Paecilomyces sp.+/+−/−−/−+/+
Penicillium sp.+/++/++/++/+
Penicillium abidjanum as * Eupenicillium abidjanum+/+−/−+/++/+
Penicillium alutaceum as * Eupenicillium alutaceum−/−−/−−/+−/+
Penicillium baarnense as * Eupenicillium baarnense−/−−/+−/−−/−
Penicillium brefeldianum as * Eupenicillium brefeldianum−/−−/+−/−−/−
KT200263 Penicillium chrysogenum var. chrasogenum 100%−/+−/+−/+−/−
Penicillium expansum−/−−/−−/−+/−
Penicillium funiculosum−/−−/−−/−−/+
DQ682590 Penicillium glabrum 99.8%−/−+/++/++/+
Penicillium inusitatum as * Eupenicillium inusitatum−/−−/−−/−−/+
Penicillium indonesiae as * Eupenicillium erubescens−/−−/+−/−−/−
Penicillium indonesiae as * Eupenicillium ludwigii−/−−/−−/−−/+
* Penicillium janthinellum−/−+/+−/−−/−
Penicillium lapidosum as * Eupenicillium lapidosum+/+−/−−/−+/+
Penicillium melaforme as * Eupenicillium melaforme−/−−/−−/−−/+
Penicillium osmophilum as * Eupenicillium osmophilum−/−−/−−/−−/+
KM871190 Penicillium oxalicum 100%−/+−/−−/−−/−
Penicillium parvum as * Eupenicillium parvum−/−−/−−/−−/+
Penicillium raistrickii−/−+/+−/−−/−
* Penicillium sclerotigenum−/−−/+−/+−/−
* Phialophora bubakii−/−−/−−/−−/+
* Phoma sp.−/−−/+−/−−/−
Rhizopus stolonifer var. stolonifer+/+−/−−/−−/−
Scopulariopsis sp.−/−−/−−/−−/+
* Scopulariopsis asperula−/+−/−−/−−/−
* Staphylotricum coccosporum−/−−/−−/−−/+
* Talaromyces flavus+/++/+−/−+/+
* Talaromyces ohiensis−/−+/+−/−−/−
GU092968 Talaromyces striatus 100%+/++/++/++/+
* Talaromyces thermophilus−/+−/−−/−−/−
* Talaromyces trachyspermus−/+−/−−/−−/−
* Talaromyces wortmanii−/−−/−−/−+/+
Trichoderma harzianum−/−−/−+/++/+
Trichoderma koningii+/++/++/++/+
DQ845431 Trichoderma viride aggregate 100%+/++/++/++/+
Verticillium lecani−/−+/+−/−−/−
Zygorhynchus heterogamus+/++/++/++/+
Zygorhynchus moelleri+/++/++/++/+
* heat-resistant species isolated after heat treatment of the samples; “+”–occurrence of the fungus; “−“–not occurrence of the fungus; REF—locality with intact forest; EXT—locality with extracted wood mass; NEX—locality with non-extracted wood mass; FIR—locality with burnt forest.
Table 5. Similarity of mycocoenosis according to Sørensen (SS) and Jaccard (SJ) in % in soils at monitored localities in the High Tatra Mountains.
Table 5. Similarity of mycocoenosis according to Sørensen (SS) and Jaccard (SJ) in % in soils at monitored localities in the High Tatra Mountains.
REF-SS = 53.3
SJ = 36.4
SS = 53.8
SJ = 36.8
SS = 50.0
SJ = 33.3
EXTSS = 53.3
SJ = 36.4
-SS = 39.3
SJ = 24.4
SS = 20.6
SJ = 11.5
NEXSS = 53.8
SJ = 36.8
SS = 39.3
SJ = 24.4
-SS = 43.3
SJ = 27.2
FIRSS = 50.0
SJ = 33.3
SS = 20.6
SJ = 11.5
SS = 43.3
SJ = 27.2
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