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Plant performance in living wall systems in the Scandinavian climate

Mårtensson, Linda and Wuolo, Annika and Fransson, Ann-Mari and Emilsson, Tobias (2014). Plant performance in living wall systems in the Scandinavian climate. Ecological engineering. 71, 610-614
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2014.07.027

Abstract

The concept of green façades is not new (Koehler, 2008), but their reintroduction may offer benefits in the current urban design, which is increasingly focused on urban densification. The benefits of vertical greening include noise abatement (Van Renterghem et al., 2013), filtering of airborne dust and pollutants (Ottele et al., 2010 and Sternberg et al., 2010), and reduction of temperature close to the area of vertical greening (Onishi et al., 2010, Wong et al., 2010 and Perini et al., 2011a). The thermal aspects of vertical greening are, however, still under debate (Hunter et al., 2014). One particular type of green façade is living wall systems, which are vertical greening systems where plants are grown without the need for contact with the ground (Koehler, 2008, Francis and Lorimer, 2011 and Perini et al., 2011b). Living wall systems can be seen as an alternative way of introducing urban greening in dense urban areas in the same way as e.g. green roofs, which have shown to support a high arthropod diversity (Rumble and Gange, 2013 and Madre et al., 2013). Like plants on green roofs (Emilsson and Rolf, 2005 and Emilsson, 2008), plants in living wall systems must be able to cope with extreme conditions, such as high irradiation, considerable differences in temperature and possible water shortage. The main aim of this study was to determine whether it is possible to grow perennial plants in living wall systems in the Scandinavian climate and we hypothesized that perennial plants could survive in, and would be a viable option for, living wall systems in the Scandinavian climate.

Authors/Creators:Mårtensson, Linda and Wuolo, Annika and Fransson, Ann-Mari and Emilsson, Tobias
Title:Plant performance in living wall systems in the Scandinavian climate
Series/Journal:Ecological engineering (0925-8574)
Year of publishing :2014
Volume:71
Page range:610-614
Number of Pages:5
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0925-8574
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Accepted version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:X Agricola extesions > X80 Social sciences, humanities and education
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 405 Other Agricultural Sciences > Other Agricultural Sciences not elsewhere specified
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Botany
Agrovoc terms:landscaping, plants, urban environment, scandinavia
Keywords:living wall systems, bio-walls, green walls, vertical greening, vertical gardens, nemoral vegetation zone
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2693
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2693
Additional ID:
Type of IDID
Web of Science (WoS)000343151000073
ID Code:12260
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management (from 130101)
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:10 Jun 2015 09:00
Metadata Last Modified:28 Aug 2015 23:15

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