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Weed invasion of bait sites in the Mátra Landscape Protection Area

Katalin Rusvai & Szilárd Czóbel

Correspondence

Correspondence: Rusvai Katalin

Postal address: H-5123 Jászárokszállás, Boros Alajos u. 12.

e-mail: r.kati24[at]gmail.com

Abstract

Our aim was to assess the effects of feeding places for hunting wild boar (bait sites). We selected 3-3 sites, located in forest, clearing area and on road. 4 transects were arranged from the centre of the sites, each consisting of 22 1 m2 quadrats, where vegetation surveys were carried out in several years and periods. For the seed bank experiment, soil samples were taken at the centre of each bait and control sites. Then, seedling emergence method was used. We also measured soil P, K and NO3. Bait sites in clearings were the most invaded, possibly due to greater accessibility. Forest baits were the
least weedy, road baits’ degradation depends on their exposure and usage. The proportion of weeds was always higher in August, at clearings T4 weeds dominated. We detected a stress gradient: weeds were dominant in the centre, but with the distance they decreased, while natural species increased. At baits, the proportion of weeds in the seed bank was larger than in the control. Soil P, K and NO3 was also higher in the centre of baits. Besides degrading the vegetation, baits have negative effects on seed bank and soil as well, so they could be the focal points of biological invasions.

Keywords: wild game feeding, weed infection, habitat degradation, biological invasion, seed bank, soil

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    Rusvai, K. & Czóbel, Sz. (2021): Weed invasion of bait sites in the Mátra Landscape Protection Area. Bulletin of Forestry Science, 11(1): 0-0. (in Hungarian) DOI: 10.17164/EK.2021.001

    Volume 11, Issue 1
    Pages: 0-0

    DOI: 10.17164/EK.2021.001

    First published:
    27 January 2021

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