Evaluation of two degradable mulches in sweet pepper greenhouse cultivation

Piotr Siwek , Andrzej Kalisz , Iwona Domagała-Świątkiewicz , M. Puchalski , K. Sulak


The experiment with degradable soil mulches in sweet pepper cultivation was carried out in 2012 and 2013 in plastic greenhouse at the experimental station of the University of Agriculture in Krakow, Poland. Three kinds of polyprophylene (PP) materials were used: non-degradable PP Agro and degradable PP with 0.02% photoactivator (PP photo) and polylactide PLA (all nonwovens with the surface mass 50 g m-2). Control treatment was the plot without mulching. Transplants were planted during the first decade of May. The marketable yield gained in both years was similar on the plots mulched with PP Agro, PLA and PP photo, respectively, in comparison with the non-covered ones. Concentration of L-ascorbic acid in sweet pepper fruits in both years was slightly different but the content of dry weight and soluble sugars was on the same level in all treatments. At the end of the experiment the analysis of the degradation of applied soil mulches was performed by using an estimation of supramolecular structure changes by wide angle X-ray diffraction. The results confirm that degradable materials can be used for a maximum of two seasons.
Author Piotr Siwek (FoBaH / DoVaMP)
Piotr Siwek,,
- Department of Vegetable and Medicinal Plants
, Andrzej Kalisz (FoBaH / DoVaMP)
Andrzej Kalisz,,
- Department of Vegetable and Medicinal Plants
, Iwona Domagała-Świątkiewicz (FoBaH / DoVaMP)
Iwona Domagała-Świątkiewicz,,
- Department of Vegetable and Medicinal Plants
, M. Puchalski
M. Puchalski,,
, K. Sulak
K. Sulak,,
Publication size in sheets0.5
Article number1252_30
Book Le Moine Bernard (eds.): Proceedings of the XXI International Congress on Plastics in Agriculture: Agriculture, Plastics and Environment, Acta Horticulturae, no. 1252, 2019, International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), ISBN 978-94-62612-49-5, 270 p.
Keywords in Englishgreen pepper, polylactide, polypropylene, photoactivator, sugars, dry weight, vitamin C, WAXD
ASJC Classification1108 Horticulture
URL https://www.ishs.org/ishs-article/1252_30
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)5
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 0.23
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FinansowanieThis work was partially financed by European Regional Development Fund in the frame of “Biodegradable fibrous products” project (acronym BIOGRATEX) No. POIG 01.03.01-00-07/08-09 and from funds assigned for 14-148-1-2117 statuary activity by Lodz University of Technology, Department of Material and Commodity Sciences and Textile Metrology, Poland. Part of work was financed from funds of Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Republic of Poland.
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