The research described in this PhD dissertation was conducted during the period 2014-2016 at the Centre of Applied Studies for the Sustainable Management and Protection of Mountain Areas (Ge.S.Di.Mont. - University of Milan) in Edolo (BS) with the objective of devising botanical methods/tools that could be useful for improving the evaluation of soil bioengineering works in mountain areas. This research has led to the formulation of two floristic-vegetational indices: the Ecological Index of Maturity (EIM) and the Index of Ecological Success (IES). These indices were applied to three study areas located in mountainous areas of Lombardy (Northern Italy) affected by landslides which were followed by soil stabilization works using soil bioengineering techniques. On the basis of the results obtained, the indices have proven practical and functional for the evaluation of soil bioengineering works for slope stabilization as they consider their effectiveness in stabilizing soil as well as their efficiency in minimizing human impact on the ecosystem and landscape. This thesis also reports research to assess the effectiveness of the chromatographic fingerprinting of the extracts of fine roots for the identification of plant species. The results obtained showed that the analysis of chromatographic fingerprints is an effective method for the identification of some of the species studied whereas it is less useful for the identification of other species. This suggested ideas for further research on this topic and application both in soil bioengineering (e.g.: the evaluation of the success of the fine roots of plants used for soil stabilization) and in other sectors dealing with the study of the rhizosphere and plant (root)-soil interaction.
BOTANICAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO IMPROVE THE ASSESSMENT OF SOIL BIOENGINEERING WORKS / L. Giupponi ; tutor: A. Giorgi ; co-tutor: G.B. Bischetti. - Milano : Università degli studi di Milano. DIPARTIMENTO DI SCIENZE AGRARIE E AMBIENTALI - PRODUZIONE, TERRITORIO, AGROENERGIA, 2017 Apr 07. ((29. ciclo, Anno Accademico 2016.
|Titolo:||BOTANICAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO IMPROVE THE ASSESSMENT OF SOIL BIOENGINEERING WORKS|
|Tutor esterno:||GIORGI, ANNAMARIA|
|Data di pubblicazione:||7-apr-2017|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore BIO/03 - Botanica Ambientale e Applicata|
|Citazione:||BOTANICAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO IMPROVE THE ASSESSMENT OF SOIL BIOENGINEERING WORKS / L. Giupponi ; tutor: A. Giorgi ; co-tutor: G.B. Bischetti. - Milano : Università degli studi di Milano. DIPARTIMENTO DI SCIENZE AGRARIE E AMBIENTALI - PRODUZIONE, TERRITORIO, AGROENERGIA, 2017 Apr 07. ((29. ciclo, Anno Accademico 2016.|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.13130/l-giupponi_phd2017-04-07|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||Tesi di dottorato|