European agriculture is surrounded by a downward tendency in areas under cultivation and yield decrease owing to following problems: regulation of water balance and of nutrient supply, application of insecticides, insect-pest infestation, different soil condition, climatic influences, solar radiation and high salt content of soil. The BIOPAPER project intends to develop and test a new cellulose-based carrier material for covering of useful plants and crops to eliminate the mentioned disadvantages with the aim to improve plant health and growth. This new covering material will substitute plastic foils. It consists of cellulose with 2 areas coated with tailor-made agents for selected plants: fertilizer, wax, colour, pheromones, and pungencies. The degree of innovation consists in achieving a multifunctional of the carrier material by single-step coating both areas of the cellulose material: improved adoption of climatic conditions to the requirements of plants; proving-proving mechanical stress tolerance, esp. for young plants; reduction of artificial fertilization; weed suppression; protection against insect-pest infestation; total biodegradability.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards
85145 Nahal Oz