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Micro and nanoplastics in the agricultural environment: assessing fate and ecological impacts

Micro and nanoplastics in the agricultural environment

This thematic series will publish in Chemical and Biological Technologies in Agriculture.

Guest Edited by: Edoardo Puglisi1 and Esperanza Huerta Lwanga2
1 Universit√† Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza, Italy
2 Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen, The Netherlands & El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Campeche, Mexico

Aims and Scope: The contamination of terrestrial environments by plastic materials have been mostly overlooked in the past years, with most studies being focused on contamination and impacts on aquatic environments. Scientific evidence clearly shows that plastics are now emerging widespread contaminants in agricultural soils, where they are often present in the form of micro- and nanoplastics, due to disaggregation and weathering processes. The issue is related not only to petroleum-based plastics, but also to biodegradable bioplastics, that can reach soils if the plastics are not properly disposed or treated.

The fate and impact of these contaminants is still partly unknown, with first effects on crops physiology, soil physico-chemical properties, diversity and activity of soil microorganisms, and mesofauna being reported, as well as interactions with other chemical pollutants such as pesticides and heavy metals.

This series aims to collate research on various aspects of plastics in agriculture and welcomes advanced experimental studies and reviews related, but not limited to: 

  • the fate and processes of plastics and bioplastics from wastes to soil, with a focus on anaerobic digestion and composting of the plastic contaminated food waste
  • advanced analytical methods for the determination of micro- and nanoplastics in soils and plants
  • impacts on the diversity and activity of soil organisms
  • transport processes in soils mediated by soil fauna
  • farm to fork transports of plastics from soils to food
  • comparison between fate and impacts of plastics and bioplastics


Keywords: microplastics, nanoplastics, composting, polyethylene, polypropylene, polylactic acid, starch-based bioplastics, earthworms, soil microbial diversity, crop yields, food chains.

Manuscripts considered: Scientists active in this field are cordially invited to submit their manuscripts to this thematic series. Both research articles and reviews will be considered.

Submission instructions: Prior to submission, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for the journal. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the Chemical and Biological Technologies in Agriculture submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct article collection, please select 'Micro and nanoplastics in the agricultural environment: assessing fate and ecological impacts' in the drop-down menu upon submission; in addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish for your manuscript to be considered within this thematic series. 

All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection. 


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