The research presented here seeks to describe the impact of wild boar to a natural truffle ground of Tuber aestivum Vittad. on Monte Amiata (Tuscany – Italy). Pedoclimatic analyses indicated that the selected area could be considered suitable for the truffle production. Then classification of the vegetation of a Quercus cerris forest was carried out exploring the possibility of the BACI (Before-After-Control-Impact) sampling design. Finally 10 plots were selected, half of which have been fenced. For the first time the impact of wild boar was evaluated by estimating the surface area turned over by its activity. Moreover in each plot the number and weight of summer truffles was performed every 10 days during the fruiting period (June-November 2006-2008). The hypothesis that the presence of Sus scrofa has a strong negative influence on truffle harvesting has been amply confirmed by the data presented here, given the large increase of fruiting bodies of the summer truffle collected in the fenced plots. Consequently the destructive behaviour of the wild boar imply not only an ecological but also an economic damage in areas in which non-wood forest products are an important source of income.
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|Titolo:||Effects of wild boar grazing on the yield of summer truffle (Tuscany, Italy).|
|Citazione:||Salerni, E., Gardin, L., Baglioni, F., & Perini, C. (2013). Effects of wild boar grazing on the yield of summer truffle (Tuscany, Italy). ACTA MYCOLOGICA, 48(1), 73-80.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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