Crop Cultivation in the Arid Region Has Been Affected by Wax-Coated Sand

Crop Cultivation in the Arid Region Has Been Affected by Wax-Coated Sand ...

Dry, hot areas are difficult to grow plants because they are falling quickly. Farmers in arid and semi-arid areas irrigate their fields with buried irrigation tubing and cover the ground with plastic sheets. But plastic sheets are expensive and create waste. Now, researchers from ACS Agricultural Science & Technology have developed a simple, biodegradable ground cover wax-coated sand which keeps soil dry and increases crop yields.

While working on sand, farmers are usually able to receive water from nearby waterways or underground aquifers. These supplies can be quickly depleted when growing plants in dry regions, where soil is mostly made of sand and cannot hold onto water well. One technique to improve plant growth and crop yields is to make sure that ground cover barriers, such as plastic sheets and engineered nanomaterials, reduce plant growth and reduce plant growth. Both are susceptible to dehydration, which may result in a high level of

The researchers used purified paraffin wax, a biodegradable substance available in large quantities, to dissect the wax in hexane and poured silica sand into the mixture. The results showed that the growth rate of tomato, barley, and wheat plants was significantly reduced because of the waxy mulch, which might have acted as a feed source for some microbes. This simple nature-inspired technique could significantly increase water use in arid areas.

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