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    Legacies of Amazonian dark earths on forest composition, structure and dynamics
    Quintero Vallejo, E.M. - \ 2015
    Wageningen University. Promotor(en): Frans Bongers; Lourens Poorter, co-promotor(en): Marielos Pena Claros; T. Toledo. - Wageningen : Wageningen University - ISBN 9789462574267 - 168
    bossen - bosgronden - bosdynamiek - bodemvruchtbaarheid - botanische samenstelling - soortensamenstelling - plantengemeenschappen - amazonia - bolivia - forests - forest soils - forest dynamics - soil fertility - botanical composition - species composition - plant communities - amazonia - bolivia

    Amazonian forest is seen as the archetype of pristine forests, untouched by humans, but this romantic view is far from reality. In recent years, there is increasing evidence of long and extensive landscape modification by humans. Processes of permanent inhabitation, expansion and retreat of human populations have not always been obvious in those ecosystems, leaving sometimes weak and overlooked imprints in the landscape. An example of one of these inconspicuous alterations are the modifications in the soil known as Amazonian Dark Earths (ADE) or ‘terra preta’ (black earth in Portuguese), which are the product of the accumulation of residuals from permanent or semi-permanent human inhabitation. They are named after the black color of the soils, which is a consequence of the accumulation of charcoal pieces and organic matter in the soil. These soils also contain higher levels of phosphorous, calcium (mainly originated from bone residuals), and nitrogen that increase fertility of the naturally poor soils, thus favouring agricultural practices. Amazonian Dark Earths are distributed in Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, and Peru, and it is estimated that they could occupy 3% of the area of the Amazon basin.

    With the decrease in human population in the Americas after the encounter with European colonists, sites where ADE had been formed were abandoned and the vegetation recovered. So far, the effects of ADE on old growth forest had not been widely examined and we are just starting to understand the consequences of past human inhabitation on forest composition and structure. In my thesis, I evaluated the effects of ADE on the forest that has re-grown after abandonment by indigenous people in the La Chonta forest, situated at the southern edge of the Amazon basin, in Bolivia. First, I assessed the magnitude of the changes in the soil as a consequence of human occupation. Then, I studied how soil changes affected plant species composition in the forest understory, forest structure and forest dynamics, and finally I determined how seedlings of tree species respond to anthropogenic changes in soil properties.

    Detailed information on soil characteristics and its heterogeneity in the landscape is needed to evaluate the effects of soil on the vegetation. Soil heterogeneity in some sites in the Amazon basin can be increased by the presence of ADE. Therefore, I did detailed soil surveys that allowed me to understand the relationship between past human occupation and alteration in the concentration of soil nutrients. I found that natural soils in the southern Amazonian forest are more fertile than their Central and Eastern Amazon counterparts. Past human presence in the area resulted in soil enrichment, due to increases in the concentration of phosphorus, calcium, potassium, and increases in soil pH. Thus, with this information I could test specific hypothesis about the effects of soil fertility on the vegetation that occurs in these sites.

    In the Amazonian forest in general, soil characteristics influences the composition of understory angiosperm herbs, ferns and palm species. Thus, increases in soil fertility in ADE could affect the distribution of understory angiosperm herbs, ferns and palm species. I evaluated the effect of ADE on composition, richness and abundance of understory species (ferns, angiosperm herbs, and palms). I correlated soil variables associated with ADE, such as Ca, P, and soil pH, with species composition, richness and abundance. I found that the presence of ADE created a gradient in soil nutrients and pH, which changed the composition of understory species, especially of ferns and palms. Additionally, the higher nutrient concentration and the more neutral pH on ADE soils were associated with a decrease in the richness of fern species. I therefore conclude that the current composition of the understory community in La Chonta is a reflection of past human modification of the soil.

    Soil heterogeneity drives forest structure and forest dynamics across the Amazon region, but at a local scale the role of soils on forest dynamics is not well understood. The study of Amazonian Dark Earths (ADE) opens an opportunity to test how increases in soil fertility could affect forest structure and dynamics at local scales. I evaluated the effect of ADE on forest attributes, such standing basal area, tree liana infestation and successional composition, defined by the relative presence of pioneers, to shade tolerant species in the forest. I also evaluated the effect of ADE on individual components of forest dynamics: basal area growth, recruitment, and mortality. Surprisingly, I found that these fertile ADE affected only few forest attributes and components of forest dynamics. Soil pH was one of the edaphic variables that significantly explained forest structure and dynamics. A higher soil pH increased recruitment of intermediate-sized trees (with stem diameter between 20 and 40 cm) and decreased mortality of large trees (stem diameter > 40 cm). The most important effect of pH, however, was on initial basal area and successional composition, which directly affected growth in basal area of intermediate-sized trees.

    Increases in soil nutrients can drive plant responses promoting higher growth rates and lower mortality. Plants respond to soil nutrient availability through a suite of traits, by adjusting their biomass allocation patterns, morphology, tissue chemistry and physiology, which allow them successful establishment and regeneration. The higher amount of nutrients found on ADE compared to natural soils could improve the growth of tropical tree species. I studied the effect of ADE on seedling growth, morphology and physiology in a greenhouse experiment with seedlings of 17 tree species from La Chonta. I found that seedlings did not invest more in roots in non-ADE (to take up scarce soil resources) but they invested in leaves and leaf area in ADE (to enhance light capture), although this did not lead to faster growth rate. Tree species responded differently to an increase in soil Ca concentration, which was 2.4 times higher in ADE than in non-ADE soils. Some species seemed to suffer from Ca toxicity as indicated by higher seedling mortality on ADE; others suffered from nutrient imbalance; whereas other species increased their leaf Ca, P and N concentrations in ADE. Only for this latter group of nutrient accumulators, there was a positive relationship between leaf Ca concentration and the growth rates of seedlings. Contrary to expectations, ADE did not lead to increased seedling growth. The ability of plants to colonize patches of ADE might depend on plant responses to increased soil Ca and their capacity to regulate internal tissue calcium to balance nutrition.

    In summary, in this southern Amazon forest the increased soil nutrient concentrations are a legacy of the humans that inhabited the area. This nutrient addition caused changes in understory species composition and decreased fern species richness and had modest effects on forest structure and dynamics. Increases in nutrients, specifically Ca, can cause positive and negative responses of tree species, resulting in potentially long term effects on the tree species composition of the forest.

    Impact of grazing on range plant community components under arid Mediterranean climate in northern Syria
    Niane, A.A. - \ 2013
    Wageningen University. Promotor(en): Paul Struik, co-promotor(en): Z. Bishaw. - Wageningen : Wageningen UR - ISBN 9789461734143 - 209
    extensieve weiden - begrazing - droge graslanden - rotatiebeweiding - botanische samenstelling - biodiversiteitsbepaling - zaadlevensduur - syrië - rangelands - grazing - arid grasslands - rotational grazing - botanical composition - biodiversity assessment - seed longevity - syria

    Keywords: Rotational grazing, full protection, continuous grazing species richness,

    species diversity, soil seed bank, Bayesian methods, Salsola vermiculata, seed

    longevity, rangeland management, Syria.

    Rangelands represent 70% of the semi-arid and arid Mediterranean land mass. It is a

    natural habitat for millions of people whose livelihood depends on animal husbandry.

    The revolutionary developments in the animal husbandry and veterinary medicines

    resulted in exponential increases in human and livestock population living on and from

    dry lands. To respond to population growth, urbanization and transportation means

    and expanded road networks, land reform and rural development policies forced

    nomads to adopt semi to fully sedentary lifestyles with disintegrated traditional

    community structures and organizational frameworks. Under these demographic

    changes coupled with national and international border crossing restrictions, there was

    an escalation in opportunistic cultivation, and excessive exploitation of the scarce and

    slowly renewable vegetation cover resulting in a steep decline in the primary

    production components of the rangeland ecosystems. In an attempt to stop and reverse

    the degradation process, large-scale re-vegetation programs based on transplanting and

    reseeding with perennial shrubs, resting and grazing management systems were

    devised and implemented. This study aimed to evaluate the impacts of the

    rehabilitation programs on the above-ground vegetation cover and soil seed bank

    replenishment in the Syrian rangelands. The underlying assumption of the

    rehabilitation program is that with a well-established perennial plant cover and proper

    grazing management, top soil is stabilized, soil moisture, nutrients and seed bank are

    replenished, organic matter is accumulated and microorganisms’ activity is promoted

    resulting in greater abundance, species richness and diversity of annuals. To test the

    above hypothesis, field and controlled environment based studies were carried out with

    quantitative data collection and processing on plant species abundance, richness and

    diversity of above-ground vegetation and soil seed bank for fully protected rotationally

    and continuously grazed areas of 10 rangeland sites in northern Syria for three

    consecutive seasons.

    In addition to the use of frequentist statistical approaches for species diversity

    estimation in the studies, the Bayesian method was explored. Moreover, the crucial

    issues of seed quality in re-vegetation were tackled through a study on seed viability

    and longevity in Salsola vermiculata L., which is a highly palatable, well adapted and

    widely used species in the arid Mediterranean rangeland rehabilitation programs.

    The major findings are indicated below.

    Above ground vegetation cover

    The vegetation cover data analysis using ANOVA showed that overall plant density

    consistently declined from full protection to rotational and then continuous grazing in

    9 out of the 10 sites studied, whereas the trends of change in species richness and

    diversity were not consistent.

    Pair-wise comparison showed that plant density, species richness and diversity

    were lowest for the overall plant population under rotational grazing in which plant

    density of perennial grasses was highest. This suggests that rotational grazing has

    reshaped the composition of the plant communities under the study areas by promoting

    the perennial grasses that are more arid rangeland adapted and ecosystem significant.

    Higher plant density under rotational grazing and similarity in species diversity under

    the three grazing treatments for perennial grasses imply that a longer period of

    rehabilitation and/or probably incorporating inter-seasonal rotational grazing and

    variation in herbivore types into the current intra-seasonal rotational grazing system

    will be required to cross the line of no return in plant community composition

    optimization through the prevalent arid Mediterranean rangelands rehabilitation


    Soil seed bank assessment

    The soil seed bank data analysis using ANOVA showed no significant differences in

    the overall physical and germinable soil seed bank size and diversity along the grazing

    gradient. However, there was a significant grazing-by-site interaction for both and a

    significant grazing-by-year interaction for germinable seed bank size showing that the

    change in seed bank size is moderated by physical and environmental characteristics

    and human-induced disturbances. Continuous grazing treatments for some sites were

    located near agglomerations of people and animals, main roads and water points.

    Under such conditions the more disturbance-adapted ephemerons and non-palatable

    plants with limited constraints for seed setting dominated and this resulted in a larger

    soil seed bank under continuous compared to rotational and full protection grazing

    treatments. For the more human-induced disturbance distanced sites, the soil seed bank

    was at larger or similar under full and/or rotational compared to continuous grazing.

    Results from pair-wise comparisons showed a simultaneous decline and surge in

    physical and germinable soil seed bank size of annuals and those of perennials under

    the grazing treatments over sites. This suggests relative differences in root competition

    and gap exploitation characteristics among plant functional groups; these differences

    could be considered indicative to rangeland status and a guide to vary herbivores in

    order to maintain optimum plant species diversity in the target rangelands.

    Soil seed banks with no seeds of perennial grasses generated 208 seedlings m-2 of

    germinable soil seed bank under continuous grazing. This is probably due to seed

    setting failure resulting from overgrazing compensated by vegetative reproduction.

    The widely used phanerophytes in the rangeland rehabilitation program had a physical

    soil seed bank of 59.7 to 119 seed m-2 and a zero germinable one. This shows high

    complementarity between physical and germinable seed testing methods for rangeland


    Similarity indices

    High Morisita-Horn and Sørensen similarities were recorded between the quadrat and

    point intercept measurements of the above ground vegetation and with each of

    physical and germinable soil seed banks. However, the similarity indices of the above

    ground vegetation measurements were higher with the germinable soil seed bank than

    with the physical soil seed bank. This suggests that the germinable soil seed bank is

    more suitable for monitoring arid Mediterranean rangeland than the physical soil seed


    Correlation coefficients

    Based on the coefficients of determination (CDs), the variation in plant density and

    seed bank size accounted for a significant portion of the variations in spcies richness

    but not of the diversity indices. However, plant density and species diversity

    consistently and significantly declined during the season with the lowest mean annual

    precipitation showing the crucial role of precipitation in the dynamics of the yet active

    soil seed banks of the study areas. The CDs for the germinable soil seed bank size

    tested under optimum soil moisture with species richness were also significant

    throughout the grazing treatments reflecting the dependence of seed bank dynamics on

    soil moisture.

    For the physical soil seed bank (PSSB), CDs of its size with species richness

    were only significant under rotational grazing implying positive impacts of grazing

    management on soil seed bank replenishment. Morover, the CDs of PSSB richness

    with the diversity indices were only significant for Singletons but not for Shannon and

    Simpson. This is attributable to the fact that the Singleton index is more sensitive to

    rare species than Shannon and Simpson. The non-significant correlations between

    plant density and species diversity reflect a need to incorporate inter-seasonal

    rotational grazing and herbivore variation to the current intra-seasonal rotational

    grazing for greater plant community integrity.

    Phytogeographic analysis

    Using two above and two underground vegetation data collection methods, a total of

    137 species, including 102 annuals and 35 perennials from 36 families of 11

    chorotypes, were recorded. The number of species recorded were 56, 66, 68 and 98

    from physical seed extraction, point intercept, quadrat and grow out test, respectively.

    These results showed the superiority of the growing out test over the three other

    methods. With its easiness and relative flexibility of application in terms of time and

    space, the grow out test seems to be the best method for arid Mediterranean rangelands

    monitoring and assessment of rehabilitation impacts in which the frequency of good

    rainy season is one out of four years.


     The rotational grazing component of the rangeland rehabilitation program resulted

    in a change in plant community composition shown by an increase in low

    proportional abundance perennial grasses with greater arid Mediterranean

    rangeland adaptation.

     Continuous grazing reduced plant density but not richness and diversity, indicating

    that maximum diversity is not a sign of rangeland health and integrity. This also

    suggests that inter-seasonal rotational grazing and herbivore variation could

    probably improve the shaping effects of grazing on the arid rangeland

    rehabilitation programs.

     Capturing more species and higher similarity indices with the above ground

    measurements, the simple and flexible, germinable soil seed bank test seems to be

    a good monitoring and evaluation method for arid Mediterranean rangelands.

    However, results from the tedious and less accurate physical seed extraction

    method could be crucial to capture the species with long seed dormancy.

     Larger Bayesian estimates of diversity, smaller standard errors, lower p-values and

    more significance of differences in diversity between grazing treatments compared

    to the frequentist approaches were observed, thus indicating clear merits for the

    approach in estimating diversity.

     The seed longevity study showed that under relatively higher seed moisture

    content, longevity increased suggesting that desiccation susceptibility is probably

    the cause of short seed longevity of Salsola vermiculata L. Moreover, drying and

    packaging alone increased longevity, thus providing a simple, cost-effective and

    environmentally friendly method for rangeland rehabilitation programs.

    Natuurlijke ontwikkelingen in het Amsterdamse Bos : een studie naar de bosontwikkeling in de Natuurboszone en de Parkboszone
    Verkaik, E. ; Koop, H.G.J.M. ; Clerkx, A.P.P.M. - \ 2010
    Wageningen : Alterra (Alterra-rapport 2102) - 48
    bossen - bosbouw in steden - beschermde bossen - bosstructuur - bosbedrijfsvoering - stedelijke gebieden - natuurontwikkeling - verjonging - botanische samenstelling - amsterdam - noord-holland - forests - urban forestry - reserved forests - forest structure - forest management - urban areas - nature development - regeneration - botanical composition - amsterdam - noord-holland
    De bosontwikkeling in de Noordboszone en Parkboszone van het Amsterdamse bos zijn onderling vergeleken op openheid van het bos, mate van ontmenging van de boomlaag en hoeveelheid dood hout. Beide beheersvormen verschillen onderling in openheid, mate van verjonging, belevingswaarde en boomsoortensamenstelling nu en in de toekomst. De afwisseling van beide beheersvormen geeft een extra meerwaarde aan het bos en zou naast elkaar gehandhaafd moeten worden. Ontmenging of veresdoorning door nietsdoen-beheer treedt nauwelijks op. De waterkwaliteit moet gewaarborgd blijven door afvoeren van blad- en takafval, waarbij voorkomen moet worden dat de oevers worden opgehoogd.
    Flora en vegetatie: samen sterker
    Groenendael, J. van; Schaminee, J.H.J. - \ 2010
    Floron Nieuws 2010 (2010)13. - p. 1 - 12.
    vegetatie - plantenecologische groepen - vegetatiekunde - plantengemeenschappen - botanische samenstelling - biodiversiteit - ecosystemen - databanken - informatiesystemen - vegetation - plant ecological groups - vegetation science - plant communities - botanical composition - biodiversity - ecosystems - databases - information systems
    Artikel over het opnieuw ontmoeten van plantenecologen en vegetatiekundigen. Hierdoor kunnen inzichten en de schaalniveaus uit beide vakgebieden met elkaar verbonden worden. In ecologische studies – en dat geldt zeker voor nietmobiele soorten als planten – is de laatste tijd het belang van ruimtelijke verspreiding van soorten en levensgemeenschappen steeds nadrukkelijker naar voren gekomen, evenals de relatie tussen beiden. De ruimtelijke verspreiding van soorten bepaalt de soortenvoorraad waaruit soorten bij elkaar komen en een lokale (planten)gemeenschap vormen. Dit brengt floristen en vegetatiekundigen bij elkaar. Een tweede verandering is de nadruk die meer recent is komen te liggen op de relatie biodiversiteit en ecosysteemfuncties waarbinnen planten een primaire rol hebben.
    Species discrimination from a hyperspectral perspective
    Sobhan, I. - \ 2007
    Wageningen University. Promotor(en): Andrew Skidmore; Herbert Prins. - [S.l.] : S.n. - ISBN 9789085048091 - 164
    ecosystemen - vegetatie - bedrijfsvoering - duurzaamheid (sustainability) - soorten - soortendiversiteit - ruimtelijke verdeling - botanische samenstelling - remote sensing - spectraalanalyse - discriminantanalyse - ecosystems - vegetation - management - sustainability - species - species diversity - spatial distribution - botanical composition - remote sensing - spectral analysis - discriminant analysis
    Sustainable management of natural ecosystems requires comprehensive information on species distribution and composition. Remote sensing has the potential to improve the collection of information on species composition. Compared to other vegetation attributes plant species so far remained a difficult attribute to detect with remote sensing. Broad band remote sensing sensors, which have been used extensively for mapping of plant communities, are however not sufficiently sensitive to allow discrimination of individual plant species. The advent of hyperspectral and high spatial resolution sensors offers new opportunities in this respect
    Selectie van relevante grondwaterkarakteristieken voor vegetatietypen ten behoeve van de SBB-catalogus: methodeontwikkeling aan de hand van drie vegetatieklassen
    Delft, S.P.J. van; Hommel, P.W.F.M. ; Waal, R.W. de - \ 2007
    Wageningen : Alterra (Alterra-rapport 1308) - 78
    vegetatietypen - bodemwater - karakteristieken - methodologie - hydrologie - vegetatie - botanische samenstelling - ecohydrologie - vegetation types - soil water - characteristics - methodology - hydrology - vegetation - botanical composition - ecohydrology
    In opdracht van het Ministerie van Landbouw, Natuur en Voedselkwaliteit is een verkenning uitgevoerd naar mogelijke maatregelen om de robuuste verbindingen binnen de Natte As te `ontsnipperen¿ op plaatsen waar deze rijksinfrastructuur (verkeers-, spoor- en vaarwegen) kruisen. Per knelpuntlocatie is bepaald welke principeoplossingen voor ontsnippering mogelijk zijn, in welke mate deze oplossingen de doelen van de betreffende robuuste verbinding realiseren en of er voor het wegnemen van het knelpunt additionele maatregelen in de directe omgeving van de infrastructuur zijn vereist. Per locatie is ook een globale kostenindicatie gegeven. Tevens brengt het onderzoek in beeld wat de te verkiezen volgorde is waarmee de knelpunten binnen de robuuste verbindingen van de Natte As moeten worden aangepakt. Het verschil in ecologisch rendement tussen knelpuntlocaties vormt de basis voor deze prioriteitstelling.
    Een verkennend onderzoek aan de hand van 92 SBB-referentiepunten : selectie van ecologisch relevante bodemeigenschappen
    Hommel, P.W.F.M. ; Brouwer, E. ; Lucassen, E.C.H.E.T. ; Smolders, A.J.P. ; Waal, R.W. de - \ 2006
    Wageningen : Alterra (Alterra-rapport 1445) - 119
    bodemeigenschappen - bodemchemie - bodemwater - synecologie - vegetatietypen - botanische samenstelling - ecologie - ecohydrologie - soil properties - soil chemistry - soil water - synecology - vegetation types - botanical composition - ecology - ecohydrology
    Het belangrijkste doel van dit onderzoek was te achterhalen welke kenmerken van de bodem en het bodemvocht het meest ‘verklarend’ zijn voor de variatie in soortensamenstelling en vegetatietypen van een set van 92 referentiepunten, beschreven in diverse typen grondwaterafhankelijke, korte vegetaties in Nederland. In het algemeen komen vooral factoren die betrekking hebben op zoutgehalte, zuurgraad en trofiegraad als belangrijk naar voren. Binnen verschillende ecologisch samenhangende groepen vegetatietypen blijken echter steeds andere factoren belangrijk zijn. Een universele benadering voor de bepaling van abiotische randvoorwaarden voor alle vegetatie-eenheden is dus niet te geven. Voorts blijkt dat de meerwaarde van de chemisch analyses ten opzichte alleen de veldkenmerken groot is, de meerwaarde van aanvullende bodemvochtanalyses in het najaar is echter gering
    Milieu-indicatoren op basis van Landelijk Meetnet Flora, Milieu- en Natuurkwaliteit : achtergronddocument bij Natuurbalans 2004
    Veen, M.P. van; Tol, S. van; Esbroek, M.L.P. van; Noordijk, E. ; Knegt, B. de; Hinsberg, A. van - \ 2004
    Wageningen : Natuurplanbureau (Planbureaurapporten 12) - 38
    vegetatie - indicatoren - monitoring - milieueffect - flora - milieubeheer - botanische samenstelling - geschiedenis - nederland - vegetation - indicators - monitoring - environmental impact - flora - environmental management - botanical composition - history - netherlands
    Op basis van het Landelijk Meetnet Flora, Milieu- en Natuurkwaliteit zijn de effecten van milieudruk op de vegetatie aangegeven. Daartoe is langs drie lijnen de indicatiewaarde van de vegetatie onderzocht (i) Hoe verschillen de huidige indicatiewaarden met een historische vergelijking uit de periode 1900-1950?; doel is om de huidige vegetaties en hun indicatiewaarden in context te zetten;(ii) Hoe veranderen de indicatiewaarden van de vegetatie over de huidige stikstofdepositie-gradiënt?, en (iii) Hoe verandert de biomassa van de vegetatielagen over de huidige depositiegradiënt? Uit de ontwikkelde indicatoren blijkt dat in de recente situatie de omvang van de vegetatielagen een gevoelige parameter in relatief voedselarme systemen is. De analyse van veranderingen ten opzichte van een historische situatie laat duidelijke veranderingen in soortsamenstelling zien. In open duinen en op de heide zijn twee trends te zien, ten eerste een toename van soorten van voedselrijkere standplaatsen en ten tweede een toename van soorten met een bredere tolerantie voor zuur. Trefwoorden: Landelijk Meetnet Flora Milieu- en Natuurkwaliteit; historische vergelijking; natuurkwaliteit; milieudruk; stikstofdepositie; Ellenberg-indicatie; biomassa vegetatielagen.
    Gaten in het bosbeheer
    Wijdeven, S.M.J. ; Willems, A.J.H. ; Groot Bruinderink, G.W.T.A. - \ 2004
    Vakblad Natuur Bos Landschap 1 (2004)8. - ISSN 1572-7610 - p. 18 - 19.
    bosbouw - bosbeheer - verjonging - natuurlijke verjonging - velling - kaalslag - geïntegreerde systemen - opstandskenmerken - opstandsstructuur - opstandsontwikkeling - bossen - botanische samenstelling - bosecologie - gaten in het kroondak - soortendiversiteit - biodiversiteit - bosopstanden - geïntegreerd bosbeheer - forestry - forest administration - regeneration - natural regeneration - felling - clear felling - integrated systems - stand characteristics - stand structure - stand development - forests - botanical composition - forest ecology - canopy gaps - species diversity - biodiversity - forest stands - integrated forest management
    Pleidooi voor het toepassen van grotere gaten bij de natuurlijke verjonging van bosopstanden. In de huidige praktijk wordt geïntegreerd bosbeheer veelal ingevuld door kleinschalige ingrepen, afgestemd op het opstandsniveau. Weliswaar verhoogt dit op dit schaalniveau (de plek of de opstand) de variatie, maar het leidt tot een meer uniforme situatie op het niveau van terreindelen en de beheerseenheid. Grote verjongingsgaten hebben niet alleen een specifiek effect op de soortensamenstelling en structuur van de verjonging, maar zijn ook van belang voor andere soorten, zoals kruiden, korstmossen, reptielen, insecten, vogels en grote hoefdieren, en leveren daarmee een bijdrage aan vergroting van de biodiversiteit en de belevingswaarde
    Stand dynamics in Fontainebleau; dynamics in beech forest structure and composition over 17 years in La Tillaie forest reserve, Fontainebleau, France
    Wijdeven, S.M.J. - \ 2004
    Wageningen : Alterra (Alterra-rapport 1124) - 54
    fagus - beschermde bossen - bossen - groei - botanische samenstelling - frankrijk - bosopstanden - fagus - reserved forests - forests - growth - botanical composition - france - forest stands
    Developments in forest structure and composition were studied over a 17 year period in a near-natural beech forests reserve in Fontainebleau, France. In two 1ha plots, all individuals with a dbh > 5cm were mapped, identified and measured in 1983, 1990 and 2000. Individual growth was highly variable between periods, and a large proportion of individuals survived one or both periods with no detectable change in size. Generally, mortality is relatively high. A shift from clumped establishment towards hyperdispersion in large trees was detected. Dead wood levels vary in space and time but are relatively high, compared to other studies. Two regeneration pathways are distinghuised. Firstly, gap phase regeneration, with estblishment in groups and higher survival in dominant individuals. Secondly a substantial proportion of individuals shows strong survival with no detectable change in size and flexible growth patterns. Two major factors are identified in influencing forest development in Fontainebleau. Firstly a dynamic cycle based on forest history, with wave like regeneration waves, slowly leveling of in time. Secondly a shorter storm initiated cycle, creating gaps and opportunities for regeneration and supressed individuals. The combination of forest history, tree behaviour and unpredictable occurences of storms results in complex forest dynamics
    Natuurlijke bosverjonging komt niet zomaar van de grond
    Grimberg, G.T.M. ; Oosterbaan, A. - \ 2003
    Vakblad Natuurbeheer 42 (2003)1. - ISSN 1388-4875 - p. 6 - 9.
    verjonging - natuurlijke verjonging - bossen - bosbeheer - bosbedrijfsvoering - bosbouw - houtteeltkundige systemen - lichten van opstanden - pleksgewijze kap - grondvoorbereiding - grondbewerking - verzorgen van jonge opstanden - bosschade - beweidingsschade - schadepreventie - botanische samenstelling - natuurlijke opstanden - regeneration - natural regeneration - forests - forest administration - forest management - forestry - silvicultural systems - improvement fellings - patch cutting - site preparation - tillage - tending - forest damage - browsing damage - loss prevention - botanical composition - natural stands
    Aan de hand van resultaten van onderzoek en ervaringen van beheerders heeft de contactgroep 'Natuurlijke bosverjonging' maatregelen voor het sturen van de natuurlijke bosverjonging tegen het licht gehouden. Om de verjonging een kans te geven en een goede soortensamenstelling te krijgen kan gedacht worden aan lichting (grootte van het verjongingsgat), bodemvoorbereiding door oppervlakkige grondbewerking (schijveneg), bescherming tegen wildschade (door afrasteringen of het maken van grote verjongingsvlakten), en niet te vroeg ingrijpen in een jong stadium
    Natuurlijke verjonging: van kleine naar grote gaten
    Wijdeven, S.M.J. ; Berg, C.A. van den; Oosterbaan, A. - \ 2003
    Vakblad Natuurbeheer 42 (2003)6. - ISSN 1388-4875 - p. 111 - 115.
    bossen - bosbeheer - bosbedrijfsvoering - natuurlijke verjonging - verjongingsinventarisaties - bosinventarisaties - opstandsstructuur - opstandsontwikkeling - plantensuccessie - botanische samenstelling - bosecologie - gaten in het kroondak - soortendiversiteit - bosopstanden - forests - forest administration - forest management - natural regeneration - regeneration surveys - forest inventories - stand structure - stand development - plant succession - botanical composition - forest ecology - canopy gaps - species diversity - forest stands
    Resultaten van een analyse van de natuurlijke verjonging in relatie tot de gatgrootte op 240 geïnventariseerde verjongingsplekken in naaldbossen op de hoge zandgronden. De grootte van de gaten varieerde van kleine gaten (1 maal de boomhoogte) tot vlakten van 0,5-6 ha (ontstaan na de stormen van de jaren zeventig). Onderzocht werden het stamtal van de verjonging, de aandelen van schaduwtolerante en lichteisende soorten, en de aantallen individuen per soort. Op de grote vlakten is gekeken naar de dichtheid en soortensamenstelling van de verjonging en de aanwezigheid van ruimtelijke patronen. Binnen grote gaten blijkt een grote variatie te zijn in dichtheid en in individuele en groepsgewijze mengingen van verschillende soorten
    Spontane ontwikkeling van bos: gevolgen voor flora en vegetatie
    Bijlsma, R.J. ; Siebel, H.N. - \ 2003
    Vakblad Natuurbeheer 42 (2003)4. - ISSN 1388-4875 - p. 55 - 58.
    bossen - bosbeheer - opstandsontwikkeling - opstandsstructuur - opstandskenmerken - flora - wilde planten - vegetatie - onderlaag - botanische samenstelling - plantensuccessie - plantenecologie - bosecologie - forests - forest administration - stand development - stand structure - stand characteristics - flora - wild plants - vegetation - understorey - botanical composition - plant succession - plant ecology - forest ecology
    In dit eerste artikel in de nieuwe reeks met als thema 'de gevolgen van niets doen voor ...' komt aan de orde welke gevolgen het meer natuurlijke bosbeheer van de laatste decennia heeft voor de bosflora en vegetatie. Voor eikenbossen, beukenbossen en dennenbossen op hogere zandgronden en heuvelland worden de veranderende condities als gevolg van spontane ontwikkeling van de boom- en struiklaag beschreven, en de effecten op vaatplanten en mossen. Er blijken voor Nederland nieuwe bostypen te ontstaan waarvoor geen referenties bestaan; de ontwikkeling van gesloten opgaand bos biedt geen garanties voor het behoud van de bosflora
    Herstel van een bosecosysteem na overbelasting met ammoniak : resultaten van de nul-meting in 2002
    Dueck, T.A. ; Dijk, C.J. van; Leeters, E.E.J.M. ; Groot, G.J. de; Mols, J.J. - \ 2003
    Wageningen : Plant Research International (Nota / Plant Research International 256) - 32
    ecosystemen - bossen - ammoniak - depositie - bosinventarisaties - opstandskenmerken - bodemwater - voedingsstoffen - plantengemeenschappen - botanische samenstelling - nederland - ecosystems - forests - ammonia - deposition - forest inventories - stand characteristics - soil water - nutrients - plant communities - botanical composition - netherlands
    Oude lindenbossen op Jutland; referentiebeelden voor bosontwikkeling in Nederland?
    Hommel, P.W.F.M. ; Waal, R.W. de; Spek, T. - \ 2003
    Nederlands Bosbouwtijdschrift (2003)2. - ISSN 0028-2057 - p. 13 - 21.
    bossen - bosbomen - tilia - bosecologie - opstandsstructuur - opstandskenmerken - ecosystemen - plantenecologie - vegetatie - botanische samenstelling - bosgronden - onderlaag - bosstrooisel - bodemvorming - denemarken - forests - forest trees - tilia - forest ecology - stand structure - stand characteristics - ecosystems - plant ecology - vegetation - botanical composition - forest soils - understorey - forest litter - soil formation - denmark
    In het kader van het Alterra-onderzoeksproject 'boomsoortkeuze op verzuringsgevoelige bodem' werden in Jutland vijf lindenbossen bezocht, die als referentiebeeld kunnen fungeren voor bosecosystemen op de Nederlandse pleistocene zandgronden. De winterlinde kan hier een belangrijke rol spelen in de ontwikkeling van natuur- en multifunctionele bossen. Een beschrijving van de bosgebieden, met vooral aandacht voor de relatie boomsoort-strooisellaag-ondergroei, hydrologie, verjonging en vraat, 'verbeuking' en menging
    Lang gras in winter op Luchthaven Schiphol : mogelijkheden van een aangepast grasbestand
    Geerts, R.H.E.M. ; Korevaar, H. - \ 2002
    Wageningen : Plant Research International - 20
    graslanden - graslandbeheer - botanische samenstelling - planthoogte - nederland - noord-holland - grasslands - grassland management - botanical composition - plant height - netherlands - noord-holland
    Interacties tussen gras en klaver
    Loo, E.N. van; Vos, A.L.F. de - \ 2002
    Wageningen : Plant Research International - 52
    teeltsystemen - grassen - trifolium - klavers - gewasproductie - concurrentie tussen planten - botanische samenstelling - stikstofbalans - uitspoelen - graslandbeheer - simulatiemodellen - systeemanalyse - gras-klaver mengsels - stikstof - productiviteit - managementkeuzes - cropping systems - grasses - trifolium - clovers - simulation models - systems analysis - crop production - plant competition - botanical composition - nitrogen balance - leaching - grassland management
    Literatuur- en modelonderzoek naar effecten van eigenschappen van gras en klaver en van managementkeuzes op klaveraandeel, productiviteit en stikstofstromen van gras-klavermengsels.
    White clover utilisation on dairy farms in the Netherlands
    Schils, R. - \ 2002
    Wageningen University. Promotor(en): P.C. Struik; A. Elgersma. - S.l. : S.n. - ISBN 9789058087034 - 149
    trifolium repens - lolium perenne - graslanden - botanische samenstelling - stikstofbalans - melkveebedrijven - nederland - agro-ecosystemen - trifolium repens - lolium perenne - grasslands - botanical composition - nitrogen balance - dairy farms - netherlands - agroecosystems

    botanical composition, carbon, cutting frequency, dairy system, energy, fixation, gross margin, herbage quality, milk production, MINAS, nitrate leaching, nitrogen, nutrient balance, nutrient efficiency, perennial ryegrass, phosphorus, rotational grazing, soil, strategic nitrogen application, sward utilisation, white clover

    The present efforts to reduce the nitrogen (N) losses on dairy farms have reduced the use of fertiliser N and consequently renewed interest in white clover ( Trifolium repens L.).

    The general objective of this thesis was to provide a scientifically sound basis for the use of white clover on dairy farms in the Netherlands. The research consisted of a system comparison between a traditional grass/fertiliser-N system and a new grass/clover system. The aim was to design and demonstrate an agronomically, environmentally and economically sound white clover-based dairy system, and to identify potential problems with the utilisation of white clover in dairying. Simultaneously, specific research questions on processes within the new grass/clover system were addressed in separate field experiments with detailed measurements. The field experiments aimed to quantify the potential herbage yield and herbage quality of mixed swards, under a range of management practices, such as N and phosphorus (P) application, and cutting and grazing management.

    Both the clay and sandy soils in the experiments showed a good potential for perennial ryegrass/white clover swards with average annual DM yields of 13.3 t ha -1, respectively. The yields were among the highest recorded for unfertilised mixed swards in the Netherlands.

    The year-round application of N is not considered to be economic, but N can be used effectively on grass/clover swards if its use is restricted to spring application. This so-called 'strategic' application of N increases the DM yield in the first cut, only temporarily reducing white clover content in the sward. Phosphorus application did not increase clover yield. The results suggested a negative effect of P application on clover proportions in mixed swards.

    The results of the system experiment demonstrated the potential of mixed swards of perennial ryegrass and white clover in a rotational grazing and cutting system. In a field experiment, the average annual DM yields were 13.4 t ha -1with rotational grazing and cutting, compared to 12.8 t ha -1with cutting only.

    The herd of the white clover based system produced 85% of the milk yield per ha of the grass/fertiliser-N based system. The N utilisation at farm level was nearly 25% in both systems, and there was no difference in the average nitrate concentrations in drain water. The total energy use of the clover based system was 15% lower than that of the fertiliser-N based system.

    The agronomic and environmental performance show that white clover based dairy systems are a viable option for the future, but from a financial viewpoint the use of white clover will be restricted to systems which produce approximately 12 t milk ha -1year -1or less. However, within the MINAS system more intensive farms can benefit from a partial conversion to grass/clover. The prospects for white clover will certainly be affected by the developments in the nutrient policy.

    Klaveraandeel in gras stijgt bij Bioveem deelnemers
    Kraak, T. - \ 2001
    Rundvee praktijkonderzoek 14 (2001)1. - ISSN 1569-805X - p. 4 - 5.
    graslandbeheer - graslanden - grassen - klavers - wilde planten - botanische samenstelling - agrarische bedrijfsvoering - melkveehouderij - melkveebedrijven - biologische landbouw - grassland management - grasslands - grasses - clovers - wild plants - botanical composition - farm management - dairy farming - dairy farms - organic farming
    Voldoende klaver en goede grassen zijn belangrijk, zowel voor hoeveelheid als voor kwaliteit van het geproduceerde voer.
    Bosontwikkeling en soortsdiversiteit in bosreservaat het Rot; 2 de diversiteit van vaatplanten, mossen en paddestoelen
    Bijlsma, R.J. ; Veerkamp, T. ; Clerkx, A.P.P.M. - \ 2001
    Nederlands Bosbouwtijdschrift 73 (2001)5. - ISSN 0028-2057 - p. 10 - 17.
    bossen - beschermde bossen - natuurbescherming - flora - plantensuccessie - bosecologie - vegetatie - mossen - paddestoelen - wilde planten - plantenecologie - botanische samenstelling - standplaatsfactoren - habitats - soortendiversiteit - biodiversiteit - vaatplanten - natuur - groeiplaatsen - achterhoek - bosbeheer - bosbouw - bosreservaat - ecologie - Gelderland - forests - reserved forests - nature conservation - flora - plant succession - forest ecology - vegetation - mosses - mushrooms - wild plants - plant ecology - botanical composition - site factors - habitats - species diversity - biodiversity - vascular plants - nature - sites - achterhoek
    In het bosreservatenprogramma worden kansen en bedreigingen van zelfregulerend bos m.b.t. biodiversiteit in kaart gebracht. Bosreservaat het Rot in het Woold onder Winterswijk, een oud bos op keileeem en tertiaire klei, is een voorbeeld van bosbeelden en natuurdoelen die gerealiseerd kunnen worden door zelfregulatie. Een beschrijving van het voorkomen en de verwachte ontwikkeling van vaatplanten, mossen en paddestoelen op verschillende standplaatsen in het wintereiken-beukenbos van het Rot, in relatie met de verwachte bosontwikkeling tot 2050 en verder
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