SOPLAS - Macro- and microplastic in agricultural soil systems
Duration: from 2021 to 2024
Funding institution: European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement
Principal Investigator(s): Prof. Dr. Peter Fiener
Associate Researchers: Dr. Florian Wilken, Alessandro Fabrizi, Ana Carolina Cugler Moreira
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Plastics have become a key component of modern agriculture, both directly, through their use in production systems, such as greenhouse cover films and silage bags, and indirectly, such as through the application of sewage sludge or compost. However, we know almost nothing about the fate of this plastic and its impact on soil functions.
The SOPLAS ETN addresses this critical knowledge gap, while delivering significant advances in understanding the plastic cycle within soil and supporting the development of environmental policies, agricultural practices and industrial opportunities related to mitigating the impact of plastics on the environment.