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Soil bio-engineering for watershed management and disaster mitigation in Ecuador: a short-term species suitability test

F Preti   , A Petrone

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 6, Issue 2, Pages 95-99 (2013)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0636-006
Published: Feb 07, 2013 - Copyright © 2013 SISEF

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This paper reports a soil bio-engineering technical assessment program conducted in the Santo Domingo, Ecuador region. Autochthonous plant species survivorship and vegetative growth was evaluated in a short-term palisade experimental regime. Among the four species evaluated, Brugmansia versicolor, Malvaviscus penduliflorus, and Trichanthera gigantea performed well, evidenced by > 70% survivorship, however Euphorbia cotinifolia exhibited increased mortality (59%). Significant differences and notable variability in terminal shoot length and stem diameter among species indicated further study is warranted in growth parameters.

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Soil bio-engineering, Ecuador, Watershed Management, Disaster Mitigation

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F Preti
A Petrone
Ingegneria dei Biosistemi Agrari e Forestali, DEISTAF, University of Florence, I-50100 Florence (Italy)

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Preti F, Petrone A (2013). Soil bio-engineering for watershed management and disaster mitigation in Ecuador: a short-term species suitability test. iForest 6: 95-99. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0636-006

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Roberto Tognetti

Paper history

Received: Aug 08, 2012
Accepted: Oct 19, 2012

First online: Feb 07, 2013
Publication Date: Apr 02, 2013
Publication Time: 3.70 months

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