Agriculture plays a vital role in our lives, providing food and economic benefits. Today, it faces severe challenges, due to decreasing arable land, depleting natural resources, changing climate pattern, and yet increasing demand for food. The recent introduction of nanotechnology in agriculture offers sustainable and precise solutions for developing smart agriculture practices and addressing the challenges faced by the ag-sector. Therefore, it is essential to understand this new science from a multidimensional perspective.
Experts in the field have contributed in putting together this volume, covering topics like plant growth, protection and management using engineering nanoscale materials. The chapters in the book have been peer-reviewed and selected for publication based on independent reviewers’ reports. The book covers very specific, in-depth, and fundamental and applied aspects of the latest ag-nanotechnology research. It is hoped that each chapter of the book will be very useful for researchers, policy makers, and other audiences from interdisciplinary scientific subjects.
Table of Contents
Synthesis of nanoscale material. Characterization of nanoscale material. Delivery of nanoscale material to plants. Nano-bio interaction. Release and control of nanoparticle in environment. Molecular and physiological response of plant upon nanoparticle delivery. Influence of nanoparticle on rhizosphere. Nanomaterial for plant disease and physiological state detection. Nano pesticides for plant pest management. Nanoscale technology for slow release of fertilizer. Tropic transfer of nanoscale material and safety of nanofood. Nanoscale technology for food packaging.Nanoparticle technology for personalized nutrition. Agriculture without soil: role of nanotechnology. Lesson learned from genetic engineering - Policy and regulation.
Ramesh Raliya is a Research Scientist at Washington University in St. Louis, USA. His research expertise is in the product and technology development with the aim of reducing fertilizer runoff while improving sustainable agriculture. Dr. Raliya developed methods for synthesizing novel inorganic and organic nanomaterials with independently controlled properties. These nanomaterials have been used to study their impact on plant nutrition, plant protection, biomedical uses including drug delivery, therapeutics, and imaging, water chemistry, energy storage materials, sensors, and environmental interactions. In the last 5 years, he has published over 50 peer reviewed publications, authored 2 books and submitted over 10 patent applications. More can be seen on his website at https://sites.wustl.edu/rameshraliya/