Special Issue "Polymer Materials for Agricultural Application II"

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2023 | Viewed by 325

Special Issue Editors

1. Bioresources Department, Bioproducts Group, National Institute for Research and Development in Chemistry and Petrochemistry, ICECHIM, Bucharest, Romania
2. Biotechnologies Faculty, University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Bucharest, Romania
Interests: plant biostimulants; microbial and plant biosynthetized nanoparticles; nanocellulose; chitin/chitosan and nanochitin/nanochitosan; alginate; stimuli-responsive nanoformulations; multifunctional nanosystems; circular bioeconomy
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National Institute for Research & Development in Chemistry and Petrochemistry–ICECHIM, 060021 Bucharest, Romania
Interests: proteins; biopolymers; plant biostimulants; bio(nano)technology; green technologies; enzymology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Polymer materials are inputs that support the development of more sustainable and resilient agricultural systems. Granular fertilizers, including (bio)fertilizers with phosphorus recovered from bioeconomy side-streams and mineral nutrients from nutrient-rich wastes, benefit from coatings with biodegradable polymers when promoting controlled release. Biopolymers, such as proteins, polysaccharides, and lignin, act as formulation ingredients for plant biostimulants. Most of these biopolymers, especially in their nanoforms, are also active ingredients or precursors of active ingredients—e.g., bioactive peptides, lignin derivatives, or oligosaccharins acting on the tissular and cellular plant regulatory network. Several polysaccharides (chitin/chitosan and polysaccharides from yeast or (micro)algae cell wall) were registered as active ingredients of low-risk plant protection products. Other agricultural applications of polymer materials include seed coating, film-forming formulation for extended fruits and vegetables shelf life, enhancers of water-holding in soil, and biodegradable mulch film. This Special Issue welcomes original articles, communications, reviews, and perspectives on the applications in the agriculture of polymer materials.

Dr. Florin Oancea
Dr. Diana Constantinescu-Aruxandei
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • (bio)polymer coating for controlled-release fertilizers
  • novel fertilizing products based on (nano)lignin and their derivatives
  • plant biostimulants based on proteins and/or bioactive peptides
  • oligosaccharins acting as elicitors of plant defense
  • low-risk plant protection products based on polymer material
  • mulch film produced from natural polymers
  • polymer material for seed coating and seed biostimulation
  • polymer materials for soil improvement and stabilization
  • edible films for an extended shelf life of fruits and vegetables

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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