Trends in Polymers for Agri-Food Applications: A Note from the Editor

  • Tomy J. GutiérrezEmail author


An expanding world population and a planet limited in natural resources are two of the main reasons that have propelled the development of scientific and technological solutions that enable the efficient, sustainable, and massive production of food and its subsequent preservation. In this regard, natural and synthetic polymers have found a place in agri-industry. In this first chapter, we introduce the main polymeric systems and their potential applications in agri-industrial processes.


Agriculture Agrochemicals Controlled release systems Crops Edible coatings and films Foams and emulsions Horticultural produces Hydrogels Micro- and nanoencapsulation Mulch films Postharvest 



The author would like to thank the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) (Postdoctoral fellowship internal PDTS-Resolution 2417), Agencia Nacional de Promoción Científica y Tecnológica (ANPCyT) (grant PICT-2017-1362), Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (UNMdP) for financial support, and Dr. Mirian Carmona-Rodríguez.

Conflicts of Interest

The author declares no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Thermoplastic Composite Materials (CoMP) Group, Faculty of Engineering, Institute of Research in Materials Science and Technology (INTEMA)National University of Mar del Plata (UNMdP) and National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET)Mar del PlataArgentina

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