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BIOPLATEFORMES À QUENOUILLES

BIOPLATFORM PROTOTYPES AT FORT WHYTE:
TESTING STABILITY AND METHODS TO
LIMIT PREDATION

that could be sold on the carbon market. In
addition, the process of harvesting opens
up wetland habitats to sunlight, allowing
rejuvenation and improving wildlife habitat.
AN EMERGENT TECHNOLOGY
But if we are to reap the benefits of wetland
biomass, the plants must be actively
managed and extracted from the system.
Since it has proven difficult to harvest
wetland vegetation in-situ, researchers have
developed wetland bioplatforms. These
floating wetland cells can be transported
to nearby facilities where the biomass
can be efficiently harvested. As well,
the bioplatforms allow plants to grow in
waterways where water depth may not allow
for vegetation growth.
Bioplatforms are made up of three
components.
1. THE PLANTS, Typha spp. (cattails),
sequester carbon and remove nitrogen,
phosphorus and contaminants from water.
Cattails grow from seed to over two metres
tall in only a few short months, soaking up
nutrients and incorporating them into their
plant tissues.
2. THE SOIL is contained in special soil trays in
which cattails can be grown from seed. Only
a few inches of soil are needed to provide the
initial nutrients and structure for the plants
to establish.

PROPOSAL FOR NETLEY-LIBAU MARSH
BIOECONOMY INTERPRETIVE CENTRE

Bioplatforms: floating wetland cells can be
transported to nearby facilities where the
biomass can be efficiently harvested...

3. THE FRAME is a buoyant casing for
soil trays. The design and development of
the frame is the most challenging, as the
frame must be stable in the water and also
be robust enough to withstand a range of
weather conditions and disturbance by
wildlife, such as muskrats. Due to these
limitations, durable synthetic materials
have been used with the greatest success.
Bioplatform technology from around
the world has proven that these floating
systems can have a major impact on
uptake of nutrients from waterways.
Floating Island International's Biohaven
technology is one example of a
commercially available product that
can increase removal of nitrogen and
phosphorus by over 40 per cent.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Winter 2017

To Begin With
Une Dernière Salve
Collaborateurs
Writers
Upfront
Prologue
La Vague
Romance of the Stone
La Pierre Romancée
Numériser La Nature
Riding Technology’s Wild Interface
Flooding Fields
Conversation
Designing Invisible Landscapes
Stacking Up - the LA’s Toolkit: A Groundhog Plugin for Grasshopper
Grasshopper Gagne Un Plugiciel
Wood Works
Floating a New Idea for Water Stewardship
LACF
Bourses De La FACP
Critique
Parting Shot
Une Dernière Salve
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