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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Feature Article: Environmentally Degradable Bio-Based Polymeric Blends and Composites.

Authors
item Emo, Chiellini - UNIV OF PISA, ITALY
item Patricia, Cinelli - UNIV OF PISA, ITLAY
item Federica, Chiellini - UNIV OF PISA, ITLAY
item Imam, Syed

Submitted to: Macromolecular Bioscience
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: March 31, 2004
Publication Date: April 1, 2004
Citation: Emo, C., Patricia, C., Federica, C., Imam, S.H. Feature article: environmentally degradable bio-based polymeric blends and composites. 2004. Macromolecular Bioscience,4:218-231.

Interpretive Summary: water-based sprayable formulations of biopolymers and additives were developed for in situ use as mulch films, laminates and containers for packaging applications.

Technical Abstract: The present contribution reports on the preparation, characterization and potential utilization of environmentally degradable polymeric blends and composites based on water soluable/swellable natural and synthetic polymers and fillers from renewable agro-industrial and food industry wastes. The prepared bio-based formulations were converted to mulching films by in situ spraying technology (hydro-biomulching) and laminates and containers for agricultural and food packaging applications. Mechanical testing and biodegradation under different conditions of some items are reported.

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