Interactions between Ungulates and Forest Ecosystems
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 November 2023) | Viewed by 3495
Interests: wildlife conservation; wildlife ecology; wildlife management; ungulates; herbivory; biodiversity monitoring; hunting
A huge number of ungulate species are living in forested habitats. Their diverse effects mean continuous disturbances to the forest ecosystems causing modifications in plant morphology, physiology, and growth in local scale, but also shaping vegetation development, structure and composition on a landscape-level. In addition to herbivory (including grazing, browsing, and debarking), they can have direct or indirect impacts both on soil and other animal species by trampling, defecating, urinating, or rooting. Consecutive events of ungulate activities can trigger cascade processes by changing soil characteristics and vegetation patterns and, thus, the availability of adequate habitat patches and resources for plant and animal species. The quality of the habitat and the vegetation features also have a bottom–up regulation on the occurrence, quality and activities of ungulate species influencing their top-down effects expressed in the ecological regulatory mechanisms of herbivory and forest game damage.
This Special Issue aims to give an overview of the diverse interactions between forest-dwelling ungulates and forest ecosystems, the main ungulate impacts in case of different areas with various wildlife and forest management strategies.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Ungulate impact on forest soil;
- Ungulate impact on forest plant individuals;
- Ungulate effects shaping vegetation and faunal patterns in forests;
- Management of forest ecosystem influencing distribution and effects of ungulates;
- Factors influencing forestry damage caused by ungulates.
Scientists are welcome to submit their novel research or (systematic) review to this Special Issue to broaden our knowledge on these topics.
Dr. Krisztián Katona
Manuscript Submission Information
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- ungulate impact
- game damage
- habitat quality
- wild boar
- forest management