Indicator values and functional traits

Grid-like, thorny shoots: a defensive trait

Wetness indicators in their element: Polytrichum commune, Lysimachia vulgaris, and Alnus glutinosa

In (Central) Europe, research on both topics is carried out since quite a long time, there are comprehensive summaries and data bases. However, many unresolved issues still remain, e.g., in the application of existing concepts and data, or regarding topics not dealt with so far. Further additions and revisions are necessary for newly described taxa and vegetation units as well as for neophyte species. Therefore, new data are collected and additional assessment scales are designed, which is done based on already existing data, ongoing collection of plant specimens, and series of herbarium specimens from different regions and time periods.

Both, indicator values and functional traits, give information on, e.g., site conditions, bioindication, appropriate conservation measures, or endangerment analysis, and thus form an important foundation: for basic research as well as for practical applications in nature conservation, agri- and silviculture, environmental planning, and further fields.

Selected Publications

Simmel J., Poschlod P. (2019):
Die Moose, Flechten und Großpilze der Offenhaltungsversuche des Landes Baden-Württemberg. Naturschutz und Landschaftspflege Baden-Württemberg. 79: 7-25
Halbwachs H., Karasch P., Simmel J. (2018):
Small can be beautiful: ecological trade-offs related to basidiospore size. Asian Journal of Mycology. 1 (1): 15-21
Simmel J., Bässler C., Poschlod P. (2017):
Ellenberg indicator values for macromycetes – a methodological approach and first applications. Fungal Ecology. 26: 202-212
Simmel J., Poschlod P. (2017):
Lifestyle and threat of macromycetes, and functional traits correlated with it. Mycological Progress. 16 (9): 905-915
Halbwachs H., Simmel J., Bässler C. (2016):
Tales and mysteries of fungal fruiting: How morphological and physiological traits affect a pileate lifestyle. Fungal Biology Reviews. 30 (2): 36-61
Simmel J., Rubanschi S., Poschlod P. (2016):
Zustandsbewertung der Populationen von Kennarten des FFH-Grünlands bei unterschiedlichem Management – Ergebnisse aus den Offenhaltungsversuchen des Landes Baden-Württemberg. Naturschutz und Landschaftspflege Baden-Württemberg. 78: 7-44
Simmel J., Gleixner C. (2015):
Sistotrema confluens Pers. : Fr., ein humusfliehender Mykorrhiza-Bildner – Störung als Pflegemaßnahme für Pilze. Mycologia Bavarica. 16: 71-83

Dr. Josef Simmel, Dipl.-Biol.

Dr. Josef Simmel, Dipl.-Biol.
Phone: +49 721 175-2877