Root morphology and effects on soil reinforcement and slope stability of young vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides) plants grown in semi-arid climate

S. B. Mickovski, L. P. H. van Beek

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Abstract

Currently used in many countries in the world, vetiver grass (Vetiveria zizanioides) applications include soil and water conservation systems in agricultural environment, slope stabilization, mine rehabilitation, contaminated soil and saline land remediation, as well as wastewater treatment. The root system morphology of vetiver was investigated in a small plantation growing on abandoned marl terraces in southern Spain. Root distribution with depth, laterally from the plant, as well as root parameters such as root diameter and tensile strength were also investigated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-56
Number of pages14
JournalPlant and Soil
Volume324
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009

Keywords

  • soil reinforcement
  • root morphology
  • vetiver grass

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