Resiplant is a new way of caring for agricultural landscapes. His idea is to preserve plant terraces from abandonment and the effects of climate change. Therefore preserve the integrity and cultural heritage of these sites.
What is it and what is its function?
It is a system that provides farmers with tools to implement a new way of caring for the territory.
Resiplant is applied to the dry walls that support the terraces. Meanwhile, an extremely strong network of roots begins to grow .
Most importantly, natural roots. Consequently, they avoid landslides, reinforce the terraces and do not allow soil erosion.
What inspired the creation of Resiplant?
The concern of Bianca Russo, its creator. Without a doubt, observe the neglect that exists since the 1960s in the landscape of the famous Cinque Terre park. I urge her to want to do something.
This park is located in the north of Italy. That’s where the creator of this system comes from. The abandonment that prompted to create it, is due to how laborious it is to maintain the terraces.
The landscape seems very unstable. Therefore, it looks fragmented and the walls feel dry and collapsed. 80% of these walls that support the terraces are abandoned.
First the torrential rains cause landslides. Although they are not deep, they undermine the walls and cause damage. This was what inspired the creation of Resiplant. The need to protect the agricultural landscape.
How does Resiplant work?
Resiplant uses as a nucleus a sterile plant with the name of Vetiver. On the other hand, this plant comes from India. Its roots reach 4 meters deep in just one year. In addition, its resistance is 1/6 of the resistance of steel.
They are fine and strong roots that are also capable of resisting fire and drought. Its long, fibrous leaves protect terrace crops from the wind. Also, they can be used for soil erosion mats and Resiplant kits.
In the same way it is a 100% biodegradable material. A nutrient is incorporated into the pot where the plant is transported to help establish it.
This is obtained from the same plant, which avoids waste. Reusing the waste from the plant opens a new flow of income to the premises.
Difference between previous solutions and resiplant.
The solutions discussed by scientists above, unfortunately, do not meet all the needs of the context.
Resiplant actively reinforces the landscape and also offers an economical, innovative and structural way of conserving cultural heritage.
Other solutions are very expensive and on the other hand do not respect cultural heritage. This system has already been used later to stabilize slopes.
However it is the first time the roots of Vetiver. They are intended to be used to create a support network on dry walls of a cultivated context . In addition, Resiplant’s cellulose-based kit is unique. Due to the material, the fibers and the shape.
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