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Development of enhanced biodegradable films for agricultural activities

Objective

The consortium behind AGROBIOFILM project – a group of European SME suppliers and users of agricultural plastics – wishes to address a major market opportunity through the development and performance demonstration of mulch films that would be able to fulfill the three main following requirements: to be more environmentally friendly (i.e; biodegradable in soil without containing a high content in fossil carbon); to be compliant with common farming methods; and to match or improve crops performance as expected in the case of conventional plastic films and other biodegradable mulch films available in the market. Specifically, the consortium wants to enhance mulch films based on biodegradable raw materials, which will be customized to specific crops and regions, with a possible positive effect on crop yield and quality, pests and/or disease control, soil preparation and fertilization.
The goal of this project is to use a very recent Mater-Bi® formulation characterized by a higher content in renewable feedstocks as compared to the other biodegradable mulch films currently used, the Novamont’s Mater-Bi® CF04P grade (which is not widely widespread), in order to produce, through a be-spoke optimization of processing conditions, customized and enhanced biodegradable mulch films (BMF) that should be more competitive and more sustainable, at both the technical and the economic point-of-view.
These new mulches will be tested on four selected crops (muskmelon, bell-pepper, grapevine, strawberry open field and strawberry in greenhouse) known to require different specific expectations in terms of mulching lifetime.
A full life cycle analysis is therefore fundamental in order to measure the economic viability of this new product
AGROBIOFILM will significantly promote the uptake of highly productive and environmentally friendly farming practices among end-users, who are currently facing a number of competitive challenges threatening the economic stability of the sector. The project will also increase the competitiveness of the participating SME manufacturers by providing them with a state-of-the-art platform to develop competitive biodegradable mulch films, and therefore widening the applicability of their biodegradable products to new markets.
Agrobiofilm project runs from 01 April 2010 to 28 March 2013, but the effective duration of the project is 30 months.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2010-1
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Coordinator

SILVEX - INDUSTRIA DE PLASTICOS E PAPEIS SA
Address
Quinta Da Brasileira Lote 10
2130 999 Benavente
Portugal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 594 602
Administrative Contact
Paulo Azevedo (Mr.)

Participants (9)

BIOBAG INTERNATIONAL AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 306 006
Address
Hovsveien 8
1831 Askim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anders Fransson (Mr.)
ICS ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 93 560
Address
Route De Poulet 16
16400 La Couronne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrew Marsden (Mr.)
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE AGRONOMIA
Portugal
Address
Tapada Da Ajuda
1349 017 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Elizabeth Costa Neves Almeida Duarte (Prof.)
ASOCIACION PARA EL DESARROLLO DEL SISTEMA PRODUCTIVO VINCULADO A LA AGRICULTURA ONUBENSE
Spain
Address
Calle Dehesa Del Piorno 1
21440 Huelva
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Magdalena Torres Vilchez (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITE MONTPELLIER 2 SCIENCES ET TECHNIQUES
France
Address
Place Eugene Bataillon 2
34095 Montpellier
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jean-Michel Portefaix (Mr.)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
John Erik Hermansen (Mr.)
HORTOFRUTICOLAS CAMPELOS SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 4 113,17
Address
Rua De Santa Marta 5 1 Esq
2080-346 Benfica Do Ribatejo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Flávia Damas (Mrs.)
MANDEVILLE-PEIRIERE OLIVIER
France
EU contribution
€ 12 600
Address
Domaine De Vaissiere
11700 Azille
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Veronique Izard (Ms.)
EXPLOTACION AGRARIA GARRIDO-MORA C.B.

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 770,83
Address
Calle Jacinto Benavente 5
21800 Moguer
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antonio David Garrido Marquez (Mr.)