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The Cocoon System : ecotechnology for ecological restoration and rainfed agriculture in the mediterranean basin
Carabassa, Vicenç (Centre de Recerca Ecològica i d'Aplicacions Forestals)
Achotegui-Castells, Ander (Centre de Recerca Ecològica i d'Aplicacions Forestals)
Domene Casadesus, Xavier (Xavier) (Centre de Recerca Ecològica i d'Aplicacions Forestals)

Data: 2019
Resum: Ecological restoration projects of degraded natural areas or rainfed agriculture in the Mediterranean region, especially when they include the plantation of woody species, generally shown to be very expensive and inefficient, mainly due to the large number of leaks during the first summer drought. Even in cases where support irrigation is carried out, medium-term mortality rates remain high, as root systems developed under irrigation conditions present superficial growth being more vulnerable to drought episodes. One of the current initiatives to address this problem is the so-called "Cocoon". It is a 100% biodegradable device, built with recycled plant fibers. It is designed to reduce water stress for the planted seedlings during the first drought season, while also encouraging the development of a deep root system. This device has been successfully implemented in various countries around the world and in a wide range of different environmental conditions and objectives, from the restoration of areas affected by desertification to the recovery of agricultural uses in abandoned lands. Results after first summer drought demonstrate that Cocoon ecotechnology is working well, improving survival ratios and physiological state of the seedlings, despite its efficacy depends on the species and the environmental conditions of the site. Moreover, Cocoon is acting as refuge for some insects and could favor the growing of some commercially interesting fungi. In general, the perception of the agricultural and forestry owners, and the administrations involved, is very positive.
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Llengua: Anglès
Document: article ; recerca ; publishedVersion
Matèria: Arid and semi-arid ecosystems ; Climate change adaptation ; Afforestation ; Seedling ; Establishment ; Summer drought
Publicat a: Proceedings, Vol. 30, Issue 1 (2019) , art. 33, ISSN 2504-3900

DOI: 10.3390/proceedings2019030033

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