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Wolverhampton Intellectual Repository and E-Theses > School of Applied Sciences > Research Centre in Applied Sciences  > Plant and Environmental Research Group > The Effects of Biogeotextiles on the Stabilization of Roadside Slopes in Lithuania.

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Title: The Effects of Biogeotextiles on the Stabilization of Roadside Slopes in Lithuania.
Authors: Jankauskas, Benediktas
Jankauskienė, Genovaitė
Fullen, Michael A.
Booth, Colin A.
Citation: The Baltic Journal of Road and Bridge Engineering, 3(4): 175-180.
Publisher: Lithuania: Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
Journal: The Baltic Journal of Road and Bridge Engineering
Issue Date: 2008
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2436/48516
Additional Links: http://www.bjrbe.vgtu.lt/volumes/en/volume3/number4/01.php
Abstract: Biogeotextiles constructed from the leaves of Borassus aethiopum and Mauritia flexuosa are investigated at the Kaltinėnai Research Station of the Lithuanian Institute of Agriculture, which is participating in the EU-funded BORASSUS Project. Biogeotextiles are potentially excellent biodegradable and environmentally-friendly materials useful for soil conservation. Field studies on a steep (21–25°) roadside slope in Lithuania suggest biogeotextile mats are an effective and sustainable soil conservation technique. Biogeotextiles have a potential as a biotechnical soil conservation method for slope stabilization and protection from water erosion on steep industrial slopes and may be integrated with the use of perennial grasses to optimize protection from water erosion. The investigations demonstrated that a cover of Borassus and Buriti mats improved the germination and growth of sown perennial grasses. The biomass of perennial grasses increased by 52.0–63.4% under cover of Borassus mats and by 18.6–28.2% under cover of Buriti mats. Over 2 years, the biogeotextiles (Borassus and Buruti, respectively) decreased soil losses from bare fallow soil by 90.8% and 81.5% and from plots covered by perennial grasses by 87.9% and 79.0%, respectively.
Type: Article
Language: en
Description: Soil erosion, Water erosion, Soil conservation, Geotextiles, Geotextile mats, Roadside slopes, Vegetation cover, Biogeotextiles , Palm mat geotextiles - Borassus aethiopum - Mauritia flexuosa - Buriti mats - BORASSUS Project - Lithuania
Keywords: Soil erosion
Water erosion
Soil conservation
Geotextiles
Geotextile mats
Biogeotextiles
Palm mat geotextiles
Borassus aethiopum
Mauritia flexuosa
Buriti mats
Vegetation cover
Roadside slopes
BORASSUS Project
Lithuania
ISSN: 1822-427X
1822-4288
Appears in Collections: Plant and Environmental Research Group

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