Fabricated soils for landscape restoration: an example for scientific contribution by a public-private partnership effort
Public-private partnership efforts are working towards creating green landscapes from abandoned industrial sites. Fabricated soils, potentially an essential element of such landscapes, are designed to substitute for top-soil on the areas free from ground cover and plant community. The aluminosilicate matrix and humus form the soil micelle the primary unit of any soil complex. Humus formation is a process based on carbonnitrogen interaction. Sources of carbon can be materials rich in easily composted products like cellulose and polyphenols (plant leaves) or aged lignin polymers (saw dust from different woody plants). The pathways of carbonnitrogen complexes are discussed. Properties of the fabricated soil components were examined by bio-tests and plant models.
Keywords: fabricated soil, green landscapes, top soil, carbonnitrogen interaction, woody plants, landscape restoration, public-private partnerships, industrial sites, aluminosilicate matrix, humus formation, soil micelle, environmental management, environmental remediation