Bruno Rutman Pagnoncelli
Nucleario is a pest management device for trees that provides controlled release of rainwater and physical protection from weeds and pests.
The Nucleario is a biodegradable ring that can protect tree saplings. The device provides a controlled release of rainwater and a barrier to protect the saplings from weeds and leaf-cutting ants.
Beta version will be released from manufacturer
Similar products include Treegator slow release watering bags and various tree guards.
Goal 15: Life on land
Forest restoration workers in Brazil
This product is currently in the prototyping phase and not yet manufactured at scale.
This product is currently in the prototype phase and is about to launch a beta version.
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Description of materials of construction
The Nucleario product is comprised of a biodegradable plastic ring that is placed around a tree sapling. The device collects rainwater and provides a controlled release of water for the sapling through holes in the bottom. The walls of the device protect the sapling from leaf cutter ants entering the ring. The Nucleario ring prevents weed growth around the sapling and protects the surrounding soil.
Provided by the manufacturer
The designers specify that the device can provide a controlled release of rainwater, protect a tree sapling from ants and weeds, and protect the soil surrounding the sapling.
No known safety hazards are related to this product.
Pinto, S.R., Melo, F., Tabarelli, M., Padovesi, A., Mesquita, C.A., de Mattos Scaramuzza, C.A., Castro, P., Carrascosa, H., Calmon, M., Rodrigues, R. and César, R.G., 2014, “Governing and delivering a biome-wide restoration initiative: The case of Atlantic Forest Restoration Pact in Brazil”, Forests, 5(9), pp. 2212-2229.
Mittermeier, R.A., Da Fonseca, G.A., Rylands, A.B. and Brandon, K., 2005, “A brief history of biodiversity conservation in Brazil, Conservation Biology”, 19(3), pp. 601-607.
Nucleario has earned several awards, including the Ray of Hope Prize 2018, Biomimicry Global Design Challenge 2017, BraunPrize 2012, RedDot 2012, Desafio Ambiental WWF-Brasil 2017, GreenDot 2012, IDSA 2012, and IdeaBrasil 2012.
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