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Gewählte Master / Diploma Thesis:

Maria Mitzner (2008): Beweidungsmonitoring am Kamp- Erste Erhebung.
Master / Diploma Thesis, BOKU-Universität für Bodenkultur, pp 156. UB BOKU obvsg

Data Source: ZID Abstracts
Abstract:
After the flood in 2002, the government of Lower Austria had bought several acres of land alongside the Kamp River to create an ecologically sustainable system for flood prevention. As one part of those steps, some sensible areas were transferred into pastures and are now grazed by sturdy livestock. To analyze the effects of pasturing with respect of flood prevention and additional preservation of the ecological value of the recently created alluvial landscape, a monitoring system was set up. This diploma thesis describes the first investigation on the vegetation for the monitoring project. Representative relevé plots of 50 square meters were chosen for the vegetation survey. To enable a comparison of the development of grazed and ungrazed vegetation, some of the 50 square meter plots were set up outside the pasture fences or were fenced within the pastures. Beside the ground vegetation survey, also the appearance of woody plants and the damage caused by the grazing animals to trees and shrubs were observed because one goal was to keep the areas free of wood. The data from the grazed areas were compared with data from the fenced areas. The damage for the woody plants, especially for the problematic Robinia pseudacacia, was very intense. But future studies will have to prove whether this intensity can sustainably prevent wood growth. After one growing season it is also too early for a marked change in the species composition, but structures were found that promised a positive development in the ecological value of the landscape.

Beurteilende(r): Klug Brigitte

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