Effects of soil mechanical treatments combined with bramble and bracken control on the restoration of degraded understory in an ancient beech forest

S Godefroid, D Monbaliu, W Massant, Beatrijs Van der Aa, Bruno De Vos, V Quivy, N Koedam

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    This paper describes the ground floor vegetation that developed four years after tillage implements in an ancient beech forest in central Belgium. The purpose of this study was twofold: (1) to explore whether tillage has a lasting effect on soil compaction and soil moisture as well as on vegetation characteristics; and (2) to analyse whether two distinct tillage treatments (rotary plough vs. disc plough), combined with vegetation control when necessary, have the same effect on soil compaction, soil moisture and plant establishment. Of the 29 species recorded, 15 showed a significant recovery after soil loosening in the studied forest area. Interestingly, different tillage treatments did not have the same influence on plant establishment. Treatment effects on soil structure and/or moisture status can be considered as causing the observed growth response.
    TaalEngels
    TijdschriftAnnals of Forest Science
    Volume64
    Exemplaarnummer3
    Pagina's (van-tot)321-331
    Aantal pagina's11
    DOI's
    StatusGepubliceerd - 2007

    Thematische lijst

    • Beheer van bos
    • Eiken- en beukenbossen

    EWI Biomedische wetenschappen

    • B430-bosbouw
    • B410-bodembeheer

    Taxonomische lijst

    • beukenfamilie (Fagaceae)

    Beleidsmatig

    • bos- en landbouwbeleid

    Geografische lijst

    • Zoniënwoud

    Technologisch

    • bosbouwtechnologie

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