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Polymer in Agriculture: a Review

Francesco Puoci1, Francesca Iemma1, Umile Gianfranco Spizzirri1, Giuseppe Cirillo1, Manuela Curcio1 and Nevio Picci1
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American Journal of Agricultural and Biological Sciences
Volume 3 No. 1, 2008, 299-314

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/ajabssp.2008.299.314

Published On: 31 March 2008

How to Cite: Puoci, F., Iemma, F., Spizzirri, U. G., Cirillo, G., Curcio, M. & Picci, N. (2008). Polymer in Agriculture: a Review. American Journal of Agricultural and Biological Sciences, 3(1), 299-314. https://doi.org/10.3844/ajabssp.2008.299.314

Abstract

In agricultural field, polymers are widely used for many applications. Although they were used, in the first time, just as structural materials (inhert polymers), in the last decades functionalized polymers revolutionized the agricultural and food industry with new tools for several applications. Smart polymeric materials and smart delivery systems helped the agricultural industry to combat viruses and other crop pathogens, functionalized polymers were used to increase the efficiency of pesticides and herbicides, allowing lower doses to be used and to indirectly protect the environment through filters or catalysts to reduce pollution and clean-up existing pollutants. This report will review the key aspects of used polymers in agricultural area, highlighting current research in this field and the future impacts they may have.

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Keywords

  • Fuctional polymers
  • smart materials