Polymers in Agriculture and Horticulture.

Polymers in Agriculture and Horticulture.

Author: Roger P Brown
ISBN 978-1-85957-460-7 

Published: 2004
94 pages
Polymers have been used in agriculture and horticulture since the middle
of the last century. There is a tremendous potential for using polymers
in agriculture and our fields and garden would look very different if we
did not use polymers in them.

This review traces the history of polymer use, discusses the markets for
polymers in these applications, and describes in detail the different
types of polymers that can be used and their specific applications.

1. Introduction
2. The Market
3. Materials
4. Crop Protection
4.1 Greenhouses/Large Tunnel
4.2 Low Tunnels
4.3 Direct Covers
4.4 Windbreaks
4.5 Shading
4.6 Protection Against Pests
5. Soil Conditioning
5.1 Mulching
5.2 Soil Improvement
6. Water Management
6.1 Collection, Storage, and Transport of Water
6.2 Irrigation
6.3 Water Holding
6.4 Drainage
7. Harvesting and Crop Storage
8. Buildings
9. Machinery and Equipment
10. Containers and Packaging
11. Miscellaneous Applications
11.1 Identification Tags
11.2 Clothing and Footwear
11.3 Controlled Release of Fertilizers, etc
11.4 Garden Ponds
11.5 Greenhouse Sundries
11.6 Labels
11.7 Seed Coatings
11.8 Soil Less Cultivation
11.9 Ties and Grafting Bands
11.10 Twine
11.11 Others
12. Standards and Testing
13. Disposal and Recycling
Additional References

Roger Brown is an internationally acknowledged expert on physical testing and quality assurance of polymers. He has published more than 70 technical papers and three standard textbooks on testing. In addition, he is editor of the journal Polymer Testing and co-editor of the newsletter The Test Report. He has over 25 years experience of running the testing laboratories and services at Rapra. Roger is active on many Standards committees.