Summary description of a H2020 field-scale experiment

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Farm Europe is involved in a Horizon 2020 research program, called ‘Plastic in Agricultural Production: Impacts, Life-cycle and LONg-term Sustainability’ (PAPILLONS), which has been launched to explore the impacts of micro-nano plastics in agricultural soils, which represent a key issue for the future of the sustainability and competitiveness of European agriculture. This project gathers universities, research institutes and think tanks.

To learn more about the project itself, please click on the link attached here: 

(The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101000210)

The PAPILLONS team is committed to deliver knowledge and data on the behaviour of agricultural plastic fragments in the form of micro- and possibly nano-plastic in agricultural soils and on the potential long-term effects this pollution may have on the farm soil ecosystem. For this, PAPILLONS will conduct (among other types of experimental activity) a large field-scale experiment taking place simultaneously in 3 regions of Europe. This will be carried out between 2022 and 2023. The aim of this experiment is to study the potential effects of mulching film residues on soil ecosystems and their agricultural production.

This call is intended to openly disclose relevant information with the stakeholders of the PAPILLONS project with respect to the above mentioned field experiment, and offer the stakeholders the opportunity to give feedback on the exposure scenario and the treatment levels. By presenting the experimental design in advance, PAPILLONS offers stakeholders the possibility of commenting and providing feedback and ideas prior to execution. These will be considered if they contribute to add quality, meaningfulness and objectivity to the experiment, and if their implementation is technically and economically feasible.

For more information on the objective, background, context and scientific question behind the experiment please consult the attached document or visit our website to find the full document online and leave us a message with your feedback here.

For further information concerning the large field-scale experiment please contact