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UK Research and Innovations (2019)

Zero-Waste Agricultural Mulch Films for Crops in China (ZEWAMFI)

Crops Films Waste

Titre : Zero-Waste Agricultural Mulch Films for Crops in China (ZEWAMFI)

Pays/Région : semi-arid zones China

Durée : févr. 19 - mars 22

Référence projet : 104907
Catégorie : Collaborative R&D

The project will develop cost competitive agricultural mulch films for arable crops that will perform during use but degrade thereafter with no negative impact in terms of producing micro-plastics/ or leaving un-degraded plastics in soil. Agricultural mulch films have been introduced in semi-arid zones in China to make efficient use of limited water supplies and increase crop yields in the production of staple food crops (rice, maize, and potatoes). Commonly used mulch films are made of polyethylene, which when buried in the ground show very limited levels of degradation. On the long-term, this plastic waste accumulation impact on soil microorganisms and soil fertility, thereby threatening advances in terms of increased food production.
This project is targeting the design of a cost-competitive advanced-polymeric material that would secure that they will be stable during use, but once buried in soil, (after useful life) they will degrade in the presence of suitable enzymes/ soil microorganisms.

Lead participant : Wells Plastics Limited

Financement : Innovate UK
Budget  : £235 899

UK Research and Innovations

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