Volume 1 Issue 1

Volume 1 Issue 1

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Research Article

Solar Radiation Enhancement

Tom R.C. Boyde*

Mostly, gardens and greenhouses do not lack for light, but it can happen. This brief note is to introduce an innovative, low-cost means of increasing the intensity of solar radiation when and where it is a serious limiting factor for plant health and growth. Obviously, reflected light can be part of the solution and it has been deliberately so used for well over two hundred years. More recently-published means include providing surfaces that reflect light inwards from outside a greenhouse  or redistribute light within the structure, and another is an elaborate system for illuminating the space under an elevated roadway.

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Research Article

Thermal Properties and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) Results for Carboxymethyl Cellulose /Polyvinyl Alcohol /Clay Nanocomposite Packaging Films

Behjat Tajeddin*, Najmeh Ramedani

The use of natural polymers is increasing in food packaging applications in order to reduce the consumption of nondegradable synthetic polymer materials. However, due to some poor characteristics of natural polymers, recently, nanotechnology has been employed in various applications like food packaging. Therefore, to use the nanomaterials as a constituent in the packaging material structure, in a research project, the CMC/PVA/nanoclay films were prepared by casting method and their properties were evaluated.

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