Chinese partners in the project recently held a workshop to discuss soil plastic pollution in farmland and project progress at CAU‘s School of Resources and Environmental Science. The meeting was jointly organized by the School of Resources and Environmental Science of CAU and the Institute of Agricultural Environment and Sustainable Development of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS). Experts, scholars, and students from various universities and research institutions, including Shenyang Agricultural University, Ningbo University, Bangor University, Northwest A&F University, Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences, Southern University of Science and Technology, Suzhou University, Lanzhou University, Qingdao Agricultural University, and Zhejiang A&F University, participated in this event, focusing on plastic film and microplastics industry research.
Professor Liu Xuejun, as the principal investigator of the Chinese side of the project, welcomed the experts, professors, and graduate students participating in the project research. During the meeting, Associate Professor Wang Kai introduced the overall progress of the microplastics project and outlined the next research directions and work plan. Following this, Professor Ma Ji discussed the basic economics of plastic film recovery and recycling. Researcher Yan Changrong emphasized the need for an analytical view of the pros and cons of plastic film, calling for strengthened research on key issues and breakthroughs. Subsequently, Associate Professor Ding Fan, Associate Professor Tang Yuanyuan, Associate Professor Wang Jie, Associate Researcher Liu Qin, Lecturer Xiao Mouliang, Associate Researcher Xu Li, Dr. Qi Ruimin, Professor Liu Lei, and graduate students, totaling 25 individuals, shared their research progress and achievements. Professors Wang Jingkuan from Shenyang Agricultural University and Ge Tida from Ningbo University joined the meeting online and participated in the post-meeting discussions. Finally, Professor Liu Xuejun led discussions on the next steps and future collaborative priorities of the microplastics project.