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The bamboo-based bioeconomy

A selection of articles by Mario A. Rosato (in Italian).


1) Il bambù gigante e la bolla speculativa  (Agronotizie)

2) Perché ora tutti investono sul bambù (Intervista a Mario A. Rosato di Sara Moracca, Wired)

3) Il punto della situazione sulla bolla speculativa del bambù  (disponibile su Agronotizie e Plantgest)

4) Redditività agricola: mais, canapa, bambù o permacoltura? (Agronotizie)

Conference of S. Italy’s agroenergetic potential in Eboli

On 1st October 2014 Mario A. Rosato held a lecture on the agroenergetic potential of S. Italy in Eboli, during the 1st Memorial Day of the Southern Subject.  The event is organized by the Cultural Association “Luigi Gaeta” and received the Gold Medal from the President of Italy Giorgio Napolitano, from the Senate and the Lower Chamber. More details and the program of the event can be downloaded here

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Conference in Carbonia (Sardinia)

 Proposals of the Green Economy to create jobplaces in Sardinia

The delocation of Alcoa’s smelting facility of Portovesme leves  1500 unemployed people, both direct employees and induced sectors.   On 21st Jan. 2012 Mario A. Rosato gave a conference in Carbonia, explaining the alternatives that the Green Economy could offer for the sustainable development of the Region.

Environmental Defense Fund / Innocentive Award

Biological capture of nitrogen by means of bamboo


The rain washes away the fertilizers, flowing till the rivers, lakes and sea. The increase in the concentration of nutrients leads then to euthrophization phenomena.

Our solution:

A drain system collects the water with nutrients and a pump brings them to a plantation of bamboo disposed as a belt around the plot’s perimeter. The bamboo works as a biofilter.  In this way the fertilizers washed away by the rain are recycled to grow giant bamboo with several food and industrial scopes. With less ploughed area the same quantity of crops is produced, because the hydric stress on the plants is reduced. Furthermore it is possibile to harvest the bamboo shoots and canes all year round, because it is a perennial crop.

Rain harvesting in Kerala. (India)

First prize of the Rockefeller Foundation for solving the problem of  rain harvesting in Kerala.


  • To build a tank of at least 6 m3 capacity for rain harvesting during the Monsoon, that costs less than 120 US$ and does not need machinery for the transport and erection. Furthermore, it must be mounted on weak consistency ground, with underground water that comes up during the Monsoon.
  • To create job places for low income inhabitants, specially for women.
  • Use only local materials.

Our solution:

A 8 m3 capacity tank designed to be easily erected by two women by assembling locally made vegetable fibre-cement panels.  Our design reduces the erection time to only 2 days and the cost of 120 US$ to the final customer leaves a margin of 30 US$ for the workers. The carbon emissions  calculated for the whole process of fabrication are null.