Author: LI Zhen

The benefits and challenge of plastic film mulching in China

LI Zhen,
SUN Dongbao,
Liu Qin,
Dr. Liu Enke,
Dr. He Wenqing,
Professor Yan Changrong
Abstract : Plastic film mulching has played an important role in Chinese agriculture owing to its effects on soil warming, moisture conservation and weed control. It has increased grain and cash crop yields by 20%–35% and 20%–60%, respectively. In 2014 plastic film covered 18.14 Mha and the amount of plastic film used reached 1.41 Mt. Despite the benefits of plastic film mulch technology, widespread use has generated large amounts of mulching plastic waste. This has …

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