Preformed and sprayable polymeric mulch film to improve agricultural water use efficiency

Adhikari, Raju, Bristow, Keith L., Casey, Philip S., Freischmidt, George, Hornbuckle, John W. and Adhikari, Benu 2016, Preformed and sprayable polymeric mulch film to improve agricultural water use efficiency, Agricultural water management, vol. 169, pp. 1-13, doi: 10.1016/j.agwat.2016.02.006.

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Title Preformed and sprayable polymeric mulch film to improve agricultural water use efficiency
Author(s) Adhikari, Raju
Bristow, Keith L.
Casey, Philip S.
Freischmidt, George
Hornbuckle, John W.ORCID iD for Hornbuckle, John W.
Adhikari, Benu
Journal name Agricultural water management
Volume number 169
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-05
ISSN 0378-3774
Keyword(s) moisture loss
crop yield
water vapour transmission
Summary Plastic mulch films are widely used in agriculture to enhance crop production by suppressing weeds, conserving soil water and increasing soil temperature. The majority of plastic mulch films are however not biodegradable and are typically removed after each growing season. Recovery of these plastics from the soil is difficult and can affect successive crop yields while causing substantive cost to the environment and farmers. Due to increasingly stringent regulations regarding use of non-degradable plastic in agriculture they are likely to be phased out in the near future. In the past 10 years several classes of 'biodegradable' materials have been studied but most of these films are reported to be relatively weak in mechanical properties, not efficiently degradable and cost prohibitive.More recently, researchers have turned their attention to sprayable biodegradable polymer coatings for use on soils due to their easy application and versatility. The ability to mix natural additives, plasticizers and fillers to control and improve the mechanical and biodegradation properties of the core polymeric mulch film has been the driving force behind the development of these next generation sprayable polymeric mulch films.There have been many excellent review articles and papers written about polymeric mulch film, but the developing sprayable polymer systems have not been reviewed to the same extent. This paper focusses on the research progress in the area of biodegradable and sprayable polymer mulch film with emphasis on polymer formulations, properties and application. It also discusses current research to highlight the importance, potential benefits and future challenges in developing a cost effective biodegradable sprayable film for use in production agriculture.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.agwat.2016.02.006
Field of Research 070101 Agricultural Land Management
070107 Farming Systems Research
0701 Agriculture, Land And Farm Management
0799 Other Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences
0905 Civil Engineering
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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