Restoring mussel beds on highly dynamic mudflats

Jildou Schotanus


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Mussel beds that protrude above the water surface during low tide have proven to make a beneficial contribution to the environment. Creating intertidal mussel beds in locations with significant wave action could be an effective method to enhance coastal defense, as it reduces erosion in the area. Additionally, it enhances the ecological value, as these areas provide an abundance of food for birds, crabs, and other wildlife. This not only has ecological benefits but can also be advantageous for the economy, as mussel cultivators can utilize portions of these plots for cultivating and selling mussels. Throughout my PhD, I investigated the most effective strategies for establishing such mussel beds and identified the crucial processes involved. One of the key findings of this thesis is demonstrating the importance of positive interactions in restoration projects. Measures, such as those tested in my thesis, help prevent washout while simultaneously promoting the formation of patterns that have been shown to increase the persistence and resilience of mussel beds.
Originele taal-2English
KwalificatieDoctor of Philosophy
Toekennende instantie
  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
  • Bouma, Tjeerd, Supervisor
  • van de Koppel, Johan, Supervisor
Datum van toekenning5-feb.-2024
Plaats van publicatie[Groningen]
Gedrukte ISBN's978-90-833887-9-3
StatusPublished - 2024


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