A demo installation of a biobased, biodegradable and additivated mulching developed in Aitiip is starting this week

Aitiip Technology Centre has developed an innovative mulching technology, in the framework of the Life Multibiosol project, which this Friday will be installed in fields of Saragossa, where tomato, pepper and cucumber is grown.

Mulching is an agricultural technique consisting of installing plastic films on land. Afterwards, a small hole where the crop is planted is made. Thanks to this film layer between the earth and atmosphere, water loss and growth of weeds is prevented. It represents a clear saving in water and herbicides.

However, the plastic mulching has a number of drawbacks, first recyclability and secondly the added work that its elimination requires.

Importance for the Multibiosol project

Under the Life Multibiosol project, coordinated by Aitiip Technology Centre, the purpose is to address this technological and ecological challenge, developing a biobased, biodegradable film and also improves soil properties.

For this, AITIIP tested up to 10 different materials, further adding trace elements that improve plants, providing them with more vigor.

"This mulching does not need removal once the plant or fruit is harvested since it is degraded in the soil and also provides trace elements improving land quality. It is easy, ecological and useful" says Dr. Carolina Peñalva, Multibiosol project coordinator.

The tests began on Friday May 20, when 18 rolls of 10 different materials, of a thickness of about 20 microns will be installed. The objective of this test is to check resistance, biodegradability and the effects of trace elements on the plant and soil.