Events March 2017 Use of Plastics in Crop Production: The good, the bad & the ugly

Tue, 21 Mar 2017

Use of Plastics in Crop Production: The good, the bad & the ugly


When: 21 March 17, 12pm -- 2pm

Where: At James Cook University
Room ATSIP Seminar , 030, Building 145 - Australian Tropical Science and Innovation Precinct, Townsville Campus

Tropical Landscapes Joint Venture - Science with Sushi Seminar

A presentation by Dr Keith L. Bristow - CSIRO Agriculture & Food, Townsville

The world needs to radically increase food and fibre production to feed and clothe a global population predicted to
exceed 9.5 billion by 2050.

It will have to achieve this using essentially the same land area as currently used for crop production, but with much less water, less nutrients and less agrochemicals. This will require further intensification of irrigated and dryland cropping systems so that more of the water that enters the soil is transpired, rather than being used by weeds and/or ‘lost’ through soil evaporation and deep drainage.

In this presentation Dr Bristow will discuss the benefits and ‘costs’ of using preformed plastic mulch films, most of which are petroleum based. He will also discuss progress in developing an aqeous based sprayable biodegradable polymer membrane as an alternative product to current preformed plastic mulch films.

Dr Keith L. Bristow has more than 30 years’ experience leading strategic and tactical research activities in soil physics, hydrology, irrigated systems and integrated water resources management across Australia and internationally.

He currently leads a multidisciplinary team working on development of an aqeous based Sprayable Biodegradable Polymer Membrane. The aim is to use this technology to improve crop water productivity and to reduce and ultimately eliminate pollution of our soil and water systems associated with current petroleum based preformed plastic mulch films.

This event is free to attend.  No RSVP required.

Contact details:

Diane Jarvis – or 4781 6023
Jane Addison – or 4781 4506