Project properties

Title Species database for complex agroforestry systems (& food forests) in Northwest Europe
Group Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group
Project type thesis
Credits 24-36
Supervisor(s) Jordy van Eijk
dr. Alejandra Hernandez Guzman
Examiner(s) dr. Madelon Lohbeck
Contact info
Begin date 2024/10/01
End date
Description Also possible as MSc internship

Complex agroforestry systems or food forests harbour large numbers of species. But what species are useful for what purposes, and under what environmental conditions? And what management may increase productivity? Such information would be extremely useful for food forest landowners, but not currently available. In this thesis project (internship) you will analyse a priority list of 57 species and contribute to the development of a systematised and contextualised species database to inform food forest design. You will also contribute to a monitoring plan to continuously improve our knowledge of species performance under different conditions. You will collect data on relevant plant performance indicators including nutritional value of harvestable products, growth indicators, and physiological traits.

Keywords to search by:
Agroforestry systems, food forests

Topic(s): Agroforestry
Region(s): The Netherlands/ Europe
Climate(s): Temperate zone/Tropical zone

Corona proof: Yes
Used skills Systematic analysis, statistical analysis
Requirements - WEC-31806 Ecological Methods I, or a comparable alternative course;
- One FEM course (at least), depending on the topic of the thesis: FEM-30306 Forest Ecology and Forest Management, FEM-30806 Resource Dynamics Sustainable Utilization, FEM-32306 Agroforestry, or Models for Ecological Systems FEM-31806