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PAPILLONS partners meet-up!

PAPILLONS partners meet-up!

16 May 2022

Some PAPILLONS Members had the chance to meet for the first time since the beginning of the project!

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Summary of Scientific Workshop on microplastics & human health risk

Summary of Scientific Workshop on microplastics & human health risk

PAPILLONS introduces itself alongside other EU H2020 projects at a conference on microplastics.

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Better understanding the impacts & life-cycles of plastic pollution to better protect our soils

PAPILLONS (entitled ‘Plastic in Agricultural Production: Impacts, Life-cycle and LONg-term Sustainability’)  is a research project supported by the European Commission within the EU Horizon 2020 programme.

Our consortium is built of 20 partners from 12 countries, who represent the cutting edge of research into agricultural plastic use and impacts in Europe. We comprise a network of world leading experts, including excellence in agronomy, ecotoxicology, soil, animal and plant ecology, material sciences, social sciences, economics and environmental chemistry.

The long-term impacts of these materials on soil ecosystem quality and functioning, and agricultural sustainability is uncharted. Knowledge and understanding of mechanisms and processes controlling releases, behaviour, fate and impacts of different macro, meso, micro and nanoparticles as well as their chemical additives and transformation products on soil ecosystem and its productivity is mostly missing.

Our goal is to study the sources, behaviour and ecological effects of micro- and nanoplastics in agricultural soils, resulting from the use of agricultural plastics. Our aim is to limit the existing knowledge gaps by our research and to become a “one-stop-shop” of easily digestible information on micro and nano plastics in particular, and on plastic pollution in agricultural soils in general. 

Plastics are becoming increasingly important in European agricultural production. However, many uses of plastics and different farming practices can result in the release of debris with a range of different properties, potential bioactivity, and impacts on soil properties.

The aim of the Knowledge Hub is to create a “one-stop-shop” of easily digestible information on micro and nano plastics in particular, and on plastic pollution in agricultural soils in general.

Should you have an opinion or expertise on the subject and wish to contribute to the development of the Knowledge Hub with your views featured then do not hesitate to contact us!

PAPILLONS comprises 19 European partners from 12 countries and 1 Chinese partner. A broad range of biogeographic and agricultural regions in Europe are represented.

Click here to learn more about each partners role within the consortium!

1° NORSK INSTITUTT FOR VANNFORSKNING (NIVA) –  NO
2° GEOPONIKO PANEPISTIMION ATHINON (AUA) –  EL
3° SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS (SYKE) –  FI
4° LUONNONVARAKESKUS (LUKE) -FI
5° FARM EUROPE AISBL (FE) – BE
6° FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN (FUB) – DE
7° MASARYKOVA UNIVERZITA (RECETOX) – CZ
8° FUNDACION IMDEA AGUA (IMDEA) – ES
9° UNIVERSITAT BAYREUTH (UBT) – DE
10° STICHTING VU (VU) – NL
11° CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE (IPCB_CNR)  – IT
12° UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI (UL) – SI
13° RHEINISCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAT BONN (BONN) -DE
14° UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI BARI ALDO MORO (UNIBA) – IT
15° INSTYTUT HODOWLI I AKLIMATYZACJI ROSLIN – PANSTWOWY INSTYTUT BADAWCZY (IHAR) – PL
16° UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN (LEI) – NL
17° UNIVERSITAET KOBLENZ-LANDAU (UKL) -DE
18° NANJING UNIVERSITY (NJU) – CN
19° FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH (FZJ) – DE
20° VYSOKA SKOLA CHEMICKO-TECHNOLOGICKA V PRAZE (UCT) – CZ

Dissemination Material

Find here some downloadable dissemination material!

 

What do we call plastic?

Plastic is a material which is at least partly made of organic polymer and can be moulded into solid, non-soluble, objects.

What are plastics made of?

Conventional plastics are petroleum-based, meaning that they are made from fossil resources such as natural gas, oil or coal.

How much plastic in the EU?

57 million tonnes of primary plastics were produced in 2016, the share of bio-based plastics being 1% of EU annual plastic consumption.

What is the issue at hand?

The accumulation of the plastic debris in agricultural lands rises concerns for soil health.

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