Articles | Volume 8, issue 1
SOIL, 8, 31–47, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-8-31-2022
SOIL, 8, 31–47, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-8-31-2022

Original research article 19 Jan 2022

Original research article | 19 Jan 2022

Are agricultural plastic covers a source of plastic debris in soil? A first screening study

Zacharias Steinmetz et al.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on soil-2021-70', Anonymous Referee #1, 07 Oct 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Zacharias Steinmetz, 26 Oct 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on soil-2021-70', Anonymous Referee #2, 09 Oct 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Zacharias Steinmetz, 26 Oct 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Revision (03 Nov 2021) by Claudio Zaccone
AR by Zacharias Steinmetz on behalf of the Authors (09 Nov 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (10 Nov 2021) by Claudio Zaccone
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (15 Nov 2021)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (14 Dec 2021)
ED: Publish as is (14 Dec 2021) by Claudio Zaccone
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (14 Dec 2021) by Jeanette Whitaker(Executive Editor)
AR by Zacharias Steinmetz on behalf of the Authors (15 Dec 2021)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Short summary
To scrutinize the contribution of agricultural plastic covers to plastic pollution, we quantified soil-associated plastic debris (≤ 2 mm) in and around agricultural fields covered with different plastics. PP fleeces and 50 µm thick PE films did not emit significant amounts of plastic debris into soil during their 4-month use. However, thinner and perforated PE foils (40 µm) were associated with elevated PE contents of up to 35 mg kg−1. Their long-term use may thus favor plastic accumulation.