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International Journal of Forestry Research
Volume 2014, Article ID 607372, 6 pages
Research Article

Forest Biomass, Carbon Stocks, and Macrofungal Dynamics: A Case Study in Costa Rica

1Engineering Research Institute, University of Costa Rica, 11501 San Pedro de Montes de Oca, Costa Rica
2Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Costa Rica, 11501 San Pedro de Montes de Oca, Costa Rica

Received 18 December 2013; Revised 17 February 2014; Accepted 17 February 2014; Published 20 March 2014

Academic Editor: Piermaria Corona

Copyright © 2014 Carlos Rojas and Erick Calvo. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


There are few published studies providing information about macrofungal biology in a context of forest dynamics in tropical areas. For this study, a characterization of above-ground standing tree biomass and carbon stocks was performed for four different forest subtypes within two life zones in Costa Rica. Fungal productivity and reproductive success were estimated and analyzed in the context of the forest systems studied and results showed fungal dynamics to be a complex and challenging topic. In the present study, fungal productivity was higher in forest patches with more tree density but independent from life zones, whereas fungal biomass was higher in premontane areas with ectomycorrhizal dominant trees. Even though some observed patterns could be explained in terms of climatic differences and biotic relationships, the high fungal productivity observed in dry forests was an interesting finding and represents a topic for further studies.