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PRATI ARMATI®: a natural technology to contrast erosion and desertification


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Tecniche tradizionali di consolidamento del versante abbinate alla protezione antierosiva mediante specie erbacee a radicazione profonda.

La S.V. è invitata al Convegno:


Linea Cantalupo – Cavallermaggiore Tratta Alba Bra –
Interventi di prevenzione del dissesto idrogeologico del versante di S. Vittoria d’Alba –

“Tecniche tradizionali di consolidamento del versante abbinate alla protezione antierosiva
mediante specie erbacee a radicazione profonda”


che si terrà giovedì 14 settembre 2017 ore 14.30 presso la DTP di Torino – Sala “Palmeri” – via Paolo Sacchi, 3 10125 Torino.

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PRATI ARMATI®: Legal Information

While PRATI ARMATI® technology is being applied all over the world with increasing success even in areas affected by hurricanes and in desert lands, some people, instead of engaging in research and development, are pirating the successes of Prati Armati srl by claiming to be authors of the relevant installations.

Recently we have actually monitored several events of fraud, plagiarism, misappropriation and theft of photos, texts, documents, scientific publications, etc. by third parties, relating to PRATI ARMATI® technology.

In some cases, it happened that dishonest individuals have even published on their websites and manuals pictures of our installations, our literature, our scientific articles, brazenly claiming relevant authorship.

Reports and complaints have already been forwarded to the competent Authorities: Public Prosecutors, ANAC (National Anti-Corruption Authority), the Court of Auditors, the AGCM (Guarantor Authority for Competition and Market).

Please note that PRATI ARMATI® is an innovative anti-erosion technology performance-based, with strict and important technical specifications, proved by official certificates and evidence of results in hundreds of installations, even on barren soils polluted with heavy metals and hydrocarbons, in extreme climatic conditions……….CONTINUE READING







Exergy Life Cycle Assessment

of soil erosion remediation technologies:

an  Italian case study – Politecnico of Milano



Politecnico di  Milano, Department of Energy, Milan, Italy

In this work, the primary resources assessment of four different soil  erosion remediation technologies, Geo-nets, Bio-mats, Geo-cells and Deep  Rooting Plants (DRP),  is performed applying the approach of  the Exergy Life  Cycle  Assessment (ELCA). The  ELCA provides a  comprehensive framework to assess the primary resources requirements of products by means of the conversion of primary flows of energy and raw materials absorbed by  a production process into exergy.

The  soil  erosion technologies described in  the work are analysed according to two complementary indicators: the annual average soil  loss  and the life  cycle primary exergy requirements.  The  primary exergy requirement  of  the different applications is  measured by  means of  three ELCA indicators: the Cumulative Exergy Demand (CExD), the Thermo-Ecological Cost (TEC) and the Cumulative Exergy Extraction from  Natural Environment (CEENE). The specific context of the application is a highway slope of the size  of

1 hectare situated along the A1 highway, near the town of Fabro (TR), in  Italy.

The  results indicate that DRPs are the most suitable solutions. However, TEC, CExD and CEENE indexes of  these technologies suggest the existence of  hidden impacts related to land use. The  same result characterises also Bio-mats, the technology with the highest contribution of  renewable material along the life cycle phases. In conclusion, this work shows that the use of exergy based impact indexes for  the environmental impact assessment supplies a wider framework and deeper insights of the environmental

performance of production processes and products.


© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.





  Italy – ANAS – Southern Italy: sandy clay soil

Motorway A3 Salerno – Reggio Calabria


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PRATI ARMATI®: a natural technology to contrast erosion and desertification

PRATI ARMATI®: a natural technology to contrast erosion and desertification




EROSION CONTROL. According to the  SPENDING REVIEW principles,  PRATI ARMATI® technology offers:Prati Armati  Srl is a Company that developed an innovative green technology called PRATI ARMATI® used to contrast erosion on slopes, embankments of roads, highways and railways, banks of rivers and water ways, and for recovery and re-naturalization of degraded areas such as quarries, mines and landfills. The Company co-operates for many years with research Organizations in geotechnical, geological, botanical and agronomic fields.


  • guarantee of results,
  • no need for maintenance,
  • low energy costs of installation,
  • required materials less than 100 times in weight compared to traditional antierosive techniques,
  • quick and riskless installation,
  • ecological compliance,
  • possibility of carbon credits claiming thanks to the ability of this technique to capture up to 400% more carbon dioxide than conventional grasses.
PRATI ARMATI®: a natural technology to contrast erosion and desertification

PRATI ARMATI®: a natural technology to contrast erosion and desertification

Materials per hectare needed for an antierosion installation. On the left in red traditional interventions: more than 1300 tons of materials (topsoil + geocells or geonets or similar + seed + fertilizer. On the right in green: interventions with deep rooting grasses: only 12 tons (water, seeds, fertilizers).


PRATI ARMATI® is a natural technology that:

  1. uses seeds of herbaceous perennial deep rooting plants, mostly autochthonous, capable to grow on practically any lithotype and climate;
  2. contrasts EROSION even on most barren ground types, such as:
    • SOILS (clay, silt, sand, gravel and mixtures thereof)
    • ROCKS (as long as they are altered or broken) such as weakly cemented conglomerates, marls, calcarenites, flysch, pyroclastics, shales, acid or basic rocks
    • Soil with added lime up to 5% by weight
    • Soil contaminated by hydrocarbons and heavy metals in concentrations 10 times higher than the upper limits admitted by law
  3. reduces water infiltration into the ground thanks to the thick leaves blanket and favours water removal from upper soil layers thanks to evapotranspiration, with positive effects on some geomechanical parameters of soil: saturation, pore pressure, cohesion, shear strength, etc.
  4. fully replaces a whole package of works-artifacts-materials used in traditional interventions to contrast erosion: geocells, geonets, biomats, mulch, wood fiber bound matrix, plastic materials, topsoil, resulting in important technical, economic and environmental advantages;
  5. re-naturalizes slopes, favouring biodiversity and accelerating ecological succession;
  6. subtracts up to 400% more CO2 than traditional plants;
  7. requires no maintenance (mowing, watering, fertilizing, etc.).

  1. Erosion – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Erosion is the process by which soil and rock are removed from the Earth’s surface by exogenic processes such as wind or water flow, and then transported and 
  2. erosion – National Geographic Education…/erosion/?ar_a…

    In the winter and spring of 2004, winds eroded 45 million tons of dust from a spot called the Bodele Depression in the desert of northern Chad all the way across 


— Claudio Zarotti