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Do plants absorb plastic when grown in hydropinics

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14 February 2023, New Delhi: Plastic has become a major component of modern society; however, it has also been identified as a major source of pollution. In recent years, there has been growing concern about plastic’s effects on the environment, especially in marine ecosystems. But what about plants? Can plants absorb plastic when grown in hydroponics?

The answer is not straightforward; it depends on the type of plastic, the type of hydroponic system, and the biological and physical characteristics of the plant. Generally speaking, some plastics may be able to be absorbed by plants grown in hydroponics. However, some types of plastic are more likely to be absorbed than others.

For example, polyethylene, which is commonly used in food packaging and water bottles, is considered to be less likely to be absorbed by plants grown in hydroponics than polypropylene, which is commonly used in containers, bottles and other packaging materials. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is also considered to be more likely to be absorbed by plants grown in hydroponics than polystyrene, which is commonly used in Styrofoam cups and takeout containers.

The type of hydroponic system also affects the absorption of plastic. Generally speaking, systems that use a nutrient film technique (NFT) are more likely to absorb plastic than other types of hydroponic systems. This is because the plastic can settle in the nutrient film and be absorbed by the plant’s roots.

In addition, the biological and physical characteristics of the plant also play a role in the absorption of plastic. Some plants, such as tomatoes, are more likely to absorb plastic than others. Other plants, such as lettuce, are less likely to absorb plastic. The physical characteristics of the plant, such as the size and shape of its roots, can also affect the absorption of plastic.

In conclusion, while some plastics may be able to be absorbed by plants grown in hydroponics, it is not a certainty. The type of plastic, the type of hydroponic system, and the biological and physical characteristics of the plant all play a role in the absorption of plastic. Therefore, it is important to do research on the specific plants and hydroponic systems being used before attempting to grow plants in plastics.

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