Forest restoration and soil biodiversity

Forest restoration and soil biodiversity

Terrestrial Ecology

Contact Person:

Droevendaalsesteeg 10
6708 PB Wageningen

Nitrogen deposition and climate change lead to soil acidification and desiccation. As a result, the vitality of forests and soils is declining sharply in the Netherlands. Also, in De Hoge Veluwe National Park this is happening, where spruce trees (Picea abies) already exhibit a reduced vitality and increased mortality. Now it is important to consider which future climate-resistant forests we can plant.

This research focuses on soil biodiversity and forest restoration. Soil biodiversity plays a key role in forests, for example, by releasing nutrients that plants can use for growth. Therefore, different tree species were planted which are expected to be more drought resistant with more nutrient-rich litter in De Hoge Veluwe National Park. We are also testing different treatments to improve the soil, including rock dust and soil inoculation on these sites. To understand which aboveground and belowground processes play a major role in these forests.

Information internship/thesis

- At this moment (starting August/September) we offer a project focusing on measurements of the vitality of trees.

- In the near future we will also have an available position for sequencing data analysis of Microbiota.

Contact for internship/thesis