Publish Date: 14.07.2021

Category: News from the University

In recent decades the use of plastic in agriculture has grown in leaps and bounds, and this can be observed every day in our surroundings. It is estimated that European farmers use 3-4 tons of plastic annually and in doing so generate as much as a ton of waste. Plastic can gradually decompose in the environment into small plastic particles called nanoplastic and microplastic. How these tiny particles impact the land environment is to a great extent unknown.

n 2021 the four-year international project Papillons (Plastic in Agricultural Production: Impacts, Lifecycles and LONg-term Sustainability) was started as part of the Horizon 2020 RIA and the programme SFS-21-2020: Challenges for soil management. The project is being coordinated by the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), and involves the participation of 20 partner institutions including the University of Ljubljana.

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