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P. Siwek, I. Domagała-Świątkiewicz, P. Bucki, M. Puchalski

Biodegradable agroplastics in 21stcentury horticulture

Polimery 2019, No 7-8, 480


DOI: dx.doi.org/10.14314/polimery.2019.7.2

Summary

The paper is a review of the literature on the application of biodegradable materials (agroplastics) in modernagriculture, and particularly in horticulture. Agroplastics are used within theso-called plasticulture system – in mulches, different forms of plant covers, pots for seedlings, strings, and other materials. Although they leave behind aconsiderable amount of waste, their recycling has been implemented in only some European countries. The positive solution of this environmental problem lies in propagation and implementation of biodegradable plastics in agricultural practice. In order to achieve this, a clear system of classification and assessment has been introduced in the European Union. Results of experiments with biodegradable plastics applications as soil and plant covers, and their impact on the environment are presented.


Keywords: plasticulture, biodegradation, recycling, polylactide, photodegradable polypropylene, mulch, direct cover
e-mail: p.siwek@ogr.ur.krakow.pl
P. Siwek, I. Domagała-Świątkiewicz, P. Bucki, M. Puchalski
Biodegradable agroplastics in 21stcentury horticulture