Novel Fabrication of Biodegradable Superabsorbent Microspheres with Diffusion Barrier through Thermo-Chemical Modification and Their Potential Agriculture Applications for Water Holding and Sustained Release of Fertilizer
journal contributionposted on 03.07.2017, 00:00 by Diejing Feng, Bo Bai, Honglun Wang, Yourui Suo
Synergistic utilization of water and fertilizer has vital contribution to the modern production of agriculture. This work reports on a simple and facile strategy to prepare biodegradable yeast/sodium alginate/poly(vinyl alcohol) superabsorbent microspheres with a diffusion barrier merit by thermo-chemical modification route. The integrated performances, including water absorbency, water retention, water evaporation ratio, leaching loss control, sustained-release behaviors, and degradation in soil, were systematically investigated. The results revealed that the modified microspheres were a triumphant water and fertilizer manager to effectively hold water and control the unexpected leakage of fertilizer for sustained release. Therefore, this work provides a promising approach to ameliorate the utilization efficiency of water and fertilizer in potential agriculture applications.
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Water Holdingwater evaporation ratioutilization efficiencyPotential Agriculture Applicationsdiffusion barrier meritleaching loss controlagriculture applicationssustained-release behaviorsNovel FabricationBiodegradable Superabsorbent MicrospheresDiffusion BarrierFertilizer Synergistic utilizationfertilizer managersuperabsorbent microsphereswater retentionthermo-chemical modification routework reportswater absorbencyThermo-Chemical ModificationSustained Release