Project properties

Title Effects of rooting by wild boar on soil organic carbon
Group Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
Project type thesis
Credits 24-39
Supervisor(s) Frits Mohren
Examiner(s) Frans Bongers / Jan den Ouden
Contact info
Begin date 2020/05/01
End date
Description BSc thesis / MSc thesis (depending on size / depth of analysis)
Rooting activity by wild boar may lead to loss of soil organic matter and soil
carbon, depending on rooting intensity and frequency. In the Netherlands, high
wild boar densities on e.g. the Veluwe area lead to extensive, repeated soil
disturbance, likely leading to loss of soil organic matter and hence loss of carbon
and nutrients. Previous studies have shown inconclusive results but case studies
indicate large effects depending on site conditions and wild boar density, as do
some international studies. There is a need for compilation of literature data
combined with a conceptual approach of organic matter dynamics in relation to
soil disturbance to explore the possible extent of effects for different forest
Literature study complemented with analysis of existing data.

Ecosystem services / Modelling/ the Netherlands / Europe/ Temperate zone/Desk study
Used skills Soil science / wild boar ecology
Requirements FEM-30306 Forest Ecology and Forest Management and
REG-31806 Ecological Methods I