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The Power of Being Small: Nanosized Products for Agriculture
Res. Plant Dis. 2018;24:99-112
Published online June 30, 2018
© 2018 The Korean Society of Plant Pathology.

Anne J. Anderson*

Department of Biological Engineering, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-5305, USA
Received April 21, 2018; Revised April 30, 2018; Accepted May 1, 2018.
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Certain agrochemicals may be tuned for increased effectiveness when downsized to nanoparticles (NPs), where one dimension is less than 100 nm. The NPs may function as fertilizers, pesticides and products to improve plant health through seed priming, growth promotion, and induction of systemic tolerance to stress. Formulations will allow targeted applications with timed release, reducing waste and pollution when compared to treatments with bulk-size products. The NPs may be a single component, such as nano-ZnO as a fertilizer, or be composites of compatible materials, for example where N, P, and K plus micronutrients are available. The active materials could be loaded into porous carriers or tethered to base nanostructures. Coatings could include such natural products alginate, chitosan, zein, or silica. Certain NPs are taken up and transported in the plant’s phloem and xylem so systemic effects are feasible. Timed and targeted release of the active product could be achieved in response to changes in pH or availability of ligands within the plant or the rhizosphere. Global research has revealed the many potentials offered by NP formulations to aid sustainability in agriculture. Current work will provide information needed by regulatory agencies to assess their safety in the agricultural setting.
Keywords : Nanoparticles, Nanosize, Nanofertilizers, Nanopesticides, Plant growth and immuno stimulants

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