Plastic in agricultural soil
Despite intensive research activities, knowledge about the distribution of (micro)plastics in the environment is still very limited. At present, central challenges are the development and standardisation of analytical methods, especially for agricultural soils.
Plastic in the environment is a global problem, the extent and consequences of which have not yet been adequately investigated. For agriculture, plastic particles in agricultural soils are of particular importance, as the particles and pollutants bound to them enter the food chain and change and could change soil properties in the long term.
Due to a lack of analytical methods for quantifying plastic particles in environmental samples, especially from agricultural soils, a sufficient assessment is currently not possible. The aim of the work is to establish the methodological basis for the investigation of environmental problems caused by plastic in soils and their subsequent evaluation.
Initially, methods and technologies will be developed that allow the reliable quantitative determination of plastics and microplastics in soils. The tasks include:
10.2018 - 12.2021
Project status: ongoing