Nanoparticle tools to improve and advance precision practices in the agrifoods sector towards sustainability: A review

Lang, Claudia and Mission, Elaine Gabutin and Fuaad, Abdullah Al-Hadi Ahmad and Shaalan, Mohamed (2021) Nanoparticle tools to improve and advance precision practices in the agrifoods sector towards sustainability: A review. Journal of Cleaner Production, 293. ISSN 0959-6526, DOI

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Common agricultural pest and pathogen management practices are reliant on agrochemicals (pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers), drugs and synthetic materials that can lead to contamination of water, soil and food products. Indiscriminate use of agrochemicals has a cost in the form of lost crops, poor food quality and harmful impacts on the environment. The advent of nanomaterial engineering has led to the development of novel `nano' tools (<1000 nm) with the potential to support sustainable smart agriculture and precision farming practices. Nanoencapsulation, using designed nanoparticles, has offered the opportunity to detect pathogens and deliver nutrients, drugs and agrochemicals in a controlled and targeted manner to improve food production. Future environmentally friendly and food-safe nano particle-based technology will be dependent on developing materials that are sustainable and demonstrate efficiency in field conditions. In this review, we provide an overview of the types of engineered and natural nanoparticles, as well as their application in sustainable and precision agriculture. We then assess the safety and efficacy profiles of prospective synthetic and biological nanoparticles. (c) 2021 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Funders: New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited (DS2039), Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (MEXT) Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nanoparticle technology; Sustainable agriculture; Agrifoods sector; Synthetic nanoparticles; Biological nanoparticles; Nanoparticle applications
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QD Chemistry
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2022 08:25
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2022 08:25

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