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Environmental Analysis & Ecology Studies

Trees and Shrubs Monitoring Using an Ecological Approach: The Conclusion of the Restoration Project of Borgotrebbia Landfill (Northern Italy)

  • Open or CloseManfredi P1, Cassinari C2*, Meloni F3, Stragliati L1, Trevisan M2 and Giupponi L4

    1Mcm Ecosistemi srl, Italy

    2Department of Food Science and Technology for a Sustainable Agri-Environmental Supply Chain-DiSTAS, Italy

    3Department of Agricultural, Forestry and Food Sciences, Italy

    4Coordinated Research Center for Sustainable Management and Defense of the Mountain-CRC Ge.S.Di.Mont, Italy

    *Corresponding author: Cassinari C, Department of Food Science and Technology for a Sustainable Agri- Environmental Supply Chain-DiSTAS, Italy

Submission: July 31, 2019; Published: October 16, 2019

DOI: 10.31031/EAES.2019.06.000635

ISSN: 2578-0336
Volume6 Issue2


Plants growth monitoring in restored landfills are poorly available in literature. These data might be of critical importance for the evaluation and improvement of current and future restoration projects. Our study was focused on the plant’s growth monitoring during a Life project (LIFE10 ENV/IT/000400 NEW LIFE), designed to restore a closed landfill (located in Northern Italy) using reconstituted soils. The growth monitoring was conducted on mortality rate, stress symptoms and phenological cycle completion of 10 plant species (trees and shrubs). Data were acquired during the 12 months following the end of the restoration with an ecological approach, using Landolt’s indices and CSR functional strategy. It was observed that the stress-tolerant and the heliphilous ruderal species were the ones that best adapt to the restored environment (dead plants:0-39%; unhealthy plants: 24-42%), whereas the most competitive species were the ones with highest mortality (17-43%) and stress symptoms (43-51%).

Keywords: Restoration; Landfill; Plant monitoring; Ecological indices; Functional strategy

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