Polymers in Agriculture and Horticulture

Polymers in Agriculture and Horticulture
 
Author:
R.P. Brown
Publisher: E-Library Press
ISBN No: 1-85957-460-2
Release at: 2004
Pages: 103
Edition:
First Edition/Volume 15
File Size: 1 MB
File Type: pdf
Language: English



Description of Polymers in Agriculture and Horticulture

The use of polymers in agriculture and horticulture on a significant scale started as far back as the early 1950s when low-density polyethylene (LDPE) was used in trials to replace paper for mulching vegetables. The optical properties of plastic films were also investigated as a replacement for glass with the cladding of frames and greenhouses in mind. The plastics industry itself was then young and, being hungry for more outlets, was quick to co-operate with agricultural and horticultural organizations to support research and field trials and to generally promote plastics to the farmer.

Content of Polymers in Agriculture and Horticulture



1. Introduction. 3

2. The Market 3

3. Materials 6

4. Crop Protection. 7

4.1 Greenhouses/Large Tunnels 7

4.2 Low Tunnels 9

4.3 Direct Covers 10

4.4 Windbreaks 10

4.5 Shading 10

4.6 Protection Against Pests .11

5. Soil Conditioning 11

5.1 Mulching .11

5.2 Soil Improvement. 12

6. Water Management. 12

6.1 Collection, Storage and Transport of Water  13

6.2 Irrigation  13

6.3 Water Holding . 14

6.4 Drainage . 14

7. Harvesting and Crop Storage  14

8. Buildings . 15

9. Machinery and Equipment . 15

10. Containers and Packaging 16

11. Miscellaneous Applications. 17

11.1 Identification Tags  17

11.2 Clothing and Footwear 17

11.3 Controlled Release of Fertilisers, etc 17

11.4 Garden Ponds 17

11.5 Greenhouse Sundries 17

11.6 Labels 18

11.7 Seed Coatings. 18

11.8 Soil Less Cultivation 18

11.9 Ties and Grafting Bands  18

11.10 Twine 18

11.11 Others 18

12. Standards and Testing  18

13. Disposal and Recycling 19

Additional References 20

Abbreviations and Acronyms 20

Abstracts from the Polymer Library Database  21

Subject Index. 75

Company Index. 89

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