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Biodegradable plastics for environmentally friendly mulching and low-tunnel cultivation

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-2000-00044
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-01-2001
Duration: 48 months
Total cost: 2,225,225 EUR
EC Contribution: 1,462,786 EUR
Scientific Officer: Ciaran MANGAN
Research topic: 5.2. The integrated production and exploitation of biological materials for non-food uses

Abstract:
Biodegradable plastic films are a promising new material providing a more convenient, environmentally friendly alternative for mulching and low-tunnel covering. They are expected to contribute to the reduction of pollution resulting from plastic waste in rural areas. The possibilities offered by such materials have not been explored sufficiently so far. The main objective of the project is to investigate the agronomic, engineering and environmental aspects involved in the use of bioplastic films in agriculture, and integrate them into well-justified techniques for enhancing sustainable, environmentally friendly, economically optimised low-tunnel and mulching cultivation in Europe. Moreover, the project aims at improving or developing new bioplastic films and determining their overall performance, including ecotoxicological impact, in field experiments at a European level.


Coordinator
D. BRIASSOULIS
Agricultural University of Athens
Athens
GREECE
Tel.: +30 1 5294011
Fax: +30 1 5294023
E-mail: briassou@aua.gr


Partners
  Pierre FEUILLOLEY
CEMAGREF, Centre National du Machinisme Agricole, du Génie Rural, des Eaux et des Forêts
Montpellier
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 4 67046327
Fax: +33 4 67046306
E-mail: pierre.feuilloley@cemagref.fr
  H. J. TANTAU
Universität Hannover, Institut für Technik in Gartenbau und Landwirtschaft
Hannover
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 511 7623289
Fax: +49 511 7622649
E-mail: tantau@itg.uni-hannover.de
  Maurizio ZANON
P.A.T.I. S.p.A.
San Zenone Degli Ezzelini, Treviso
ITALY
Tel.: +39 0423567326
Fax: +39 0423567772
E-mail: infotec@pati.it
  M. METOHIANAKI
Plastika Kritis SA
Heraklion
GREECE
Tel.: +30 81 308733
Fax: +30 81 391328
E-mail: R&D@plastikakritis.com
  M. AVELLA
IRTeMP NCR Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto di Ricerca e Tecnologia dele Materie Plastiche-Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Arco Felice (Napoli)
ITALY
Tel.: +39 0818534200
Fax: +39 0818663378
E-mail: mave@irtemp.na.cnr.it
  M. ITAVAARA
VTT Biotechnology
Espoo
FINLAND
Tel.: +358 9 4567155
Fax: +358 9 4552103
E-mail: merja.itavaara@vtt.fi
  F. DEGLI INNOCENTI
Novamont S.p.A.
Novara
ITALY
Tel.: +39 0321699607
Fax: +39 0321699601
E-mail: Novamont.DegliInnocenti@novara.alpcom.it
  G. SCARASCIA-MUGNOZZA
University of Bari, Dipartimento di Progettazione e Gestione dei Sistemi Agro-zootecnici e Forestali
Bari
ITALY
Tel.: +39 080 5442966
Fax: +39-080 5442813
E-mail: scarasci@agr.uniba.it