Invasive plant management of wetlands with Hungarian grey cattle and water buffalo grazing

HU New Széchenyi Plan (1907562176, 2020 - 2023, running project)
Coordinator or leader of the project: 
Levente Viszló
Coordinator or leader institution of the project: 
ProVértes Nonprofit Zrt.
Responsible person at ÖK: 
Short description: 

Wetlands have been heavily invaded by several invasive alien plant species, such as goldenrods (Solidago spp.) and false indigo (Amorpha fruticosa L.). There has been no widely applied environmentally friendly method to control invasive plant species in these ecosystems. In this project, we aim to show the effectiveness of targeted grazing with Hungarian grey cattle and water buffalo on invasion control. During the project, we prepare coenological relevés and biomass sampling in both invaded and uninvaded patches in grazed and ungrazed wet meadows in three regions. Furthermore, the diversity of dung beetles are assessed along grazing intensity gradients to form recommendations on animal health regulations.