CURRENT USES OF PLASTIC FILMS IN HORTICULTURE
The average annual growth rate of more than 20 % is explained by economical, technical and human reasons.
In recent years it has become possible to define the specific uses of these materials, and mulching is certainly the best example.
Furthermore, a better understanding of the properties of these materials has led not only to improved performances (films of 2 to 3 years durability), but also to special film formulations with special effects as :
- films preventing the loss of infra-red radiations,
- films preventing condensation,
- films EVA and
- photodégradable films.
All these results justify the current name now given for this new science : "PLASTICULTURE".