(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2010)

Document title

Root tensile strength of three shrub species : Rosa canina, Cotoneaster dammeri and Juniperus horizontalis. Soil reinforcement estimation by laboratory tests

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

COMINO E. (1) ; MARENGO P. (1) ;
(1) Land, Environment and Geo-Engineering Dep. (DITAG), Politecnico, Torino, ITALIE


The aim of this paper is to increase the understanding on root biomechanical properties of shrubs species and their contribution to soil reinforcement. The considered shrubs grew up in wood containers, exposed to natural conditions in a village near Asti (Northern Italy) for 2 years. Laboratory tests were conducted to measure the ultimate root tensile strength and to estimate the root density distribution with depth (root area ratio), in order to quantify the soil mechanical reinforcement. Root tensile strength measurements were carried out on single root specimens and root area ratio was estimated analyzing the whole root system. The improvement of soil mechanical properties obtained by the presence of shrubs was estimated using two different models. Results and discussion


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

Editor : Catena, Cremlingen-Destedt - ALLEMAGNE (1973)

Millesime : 2010, vol. 82, no3 [pp. 227-235]

Bibliographic references : 50 ref.

Collation : 9 fig., 4 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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