American Journal of Agricultural and Biological Sciences

Polymer in Agriculture: a Review

Francesco Puoci, Francesca Iemma, Umile Gianfranco Spizzirri, Giuseppe Cirillo, Manuela Curcio and Nevio Picci

DOI : 10.3844/ajabssp.2008.299.314

American Journal of Agricultural and Biological Sciences

Volume 3, Issue 1

Pages 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.

Copyright

© 2008 Francesco Puoci, Francesca Iemma, Umile Gianfranco Spizzirri, Giuseppe Cirillo, Manuela Curcio and Nevio Picci. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.