Fourteen years have passed since the National Centre for Forest Biodiversity “Bosco Fontana” organized the International Symposium “Dead Wood: a Key to Biodiversity” in Mantua. In these years the National Centre has maintained its original identity, continuing its dedicated work on saproxylic invertebrates, convinced of their vital importance for forest ecosystems. This adventure began at the end of the 1980s, when Martin Speight, author of the famous “Report” of the Council of Europe “Les invertébrés saproxyliques et leur protection”, visited the reserve Bosco Fontana. This report was highly influential in informing the public and also forest managers on the importance of dead wood.
The recognition of the importance of dead wood has steadily increased; so much so that the European Union today considers this resource a “proxy” for the conservation of biodiversity in forests. What matters most is that finally the concept of conservation of the saproxylic fauna is also accepted by forestry sciences, traditionally a conservative discipline. In the last years new forest management techniques were developed, such as “islets of senescence” in France and Switzerland and “arteries for biodiversity” in Italy.
The European Workshop of the Life Project “Monitoring of Insects with public participation”, aimed primarily at the development of standard monitoring techniques for five species of saproxylic beetles, is aiming to advance the recognition of the importance of dead wood with two publications: “Guidelines for the Monitoring of five species of saproxylic beetles “and the proceedings of the European workshop of the LIFE project.
The hope is that these two publications will help to consolidate the conservation of saproxylics in the daily practical work of forest managers, so that these concepts will not disappear in the “dusty drawer of good intentions”.
Franco Mason Project manager Life 11 NAT/IT/00252 “Monitoring Insects with public participation” Verona/Mantova, May 2017
1 Can we successfully monitor a population density decline of elusive invertebrates? A statistical power analysis on Lucanus cervus Arno Thomaes, Pieter Verschelde, Detlef Mader, Eva Sprecher-Uebersax, Maria Fremlin, Thierry Onkelinx, Marcos Méndez
19 Patterns of distribution and landscape connectivity of the stag beetle in a human-dominated landscape Francesca Della Rocca, Giuseppe Bogliani, Pietro Milanesi
39 Monitoring of saproxylic beetles in Croatia: following the path of the stag beetle Luka Katušić, Sven D. Jelaska, Lucija Šerić Jelaska
57 Latitudinal cline in weapon allometry and phenology of the European stag beetle Federico Romiti, Lara Redolfi De Zan, Sarah Rossi de Gasperis, Massimiliano Tini, Davide Scaccini, Matteo Anaclerio, Giuseppe Maria Carpaneto
81 Detection of stag beetle oviposition sites by combining telemetry and emergence traps Massimiliano Tini, Marco Bardiani, Alessandro Campanaro, Franco Mason, Paolo A. Audisio, Giuseppe M. Carpaneto 97 Monitoring and management of Cerambyx cerdo in the Mediterranean region – a review and the potential role of citizen science Paolo Casula
111 The great capricorn beetle Cerambyx cerdo L. in south-western Poland – the current state and perspectives of conservation in one of the recent distribution centres in Central Europe Marcin Kadej, Krzysztof Zając, Adrian Smolis, Dariusz Tarnawski, Katarzyna Tyszecka, Adam Malkiewicz, Monika Pietraszko, Marcin Warchałowski, Radosław Gil
135 Attraction of different types of wood for adults of Morimus asper (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) Giulia Leonarduzzi, Noemi Onofrio, Marco Bardiani, Emanuela Maurizi, Pietro Zandigiacomo, Marco A. Bologna, Sönke Hardersen
149 Spatial analysis of the habitat and distribution of Osmoderma eremita (Scop.) in trees outside of woodlands Benoît Dodelin, Simon Gaudet, Guillaume Fantino
171 Evidence for geographic substructuring of mtDNA variation in the East European Hermit beetle (Osmoderma barnabita) Matti Landvik, Andreia Miraldo, Pekka Niemelä, Uldis Valainis, Raimonds Cibuļskis, Tomas Roslin 191 Cucujus cinnaberinus (Scopoli 1763) at its terra typica in Slovenia: historical overview, distribution patterns and habitat selection Al Vrezec, Špela Ambrožič, Andrej Kobler, Andrej Kapla, Maarten de Groot 219 New Italian records of Lichenophanes varius (Illiger, 1801) (Coleoptera, Bostrichidae) Gianluca Nardi, Alessandro B. Biscaccianti
231 The role of monumental trees for the preservation of saproxylic biodiversity: re-thinking their management in cultural landscapes Livia Zapponi, Giuseppe Mazza, Angela Farina, Liana Fedrigoli, Fabio Mazzocchi, Pio Federico Roversi, Giuseppino Sabbatini Peverieri, Franco Mason
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