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Nanotechnology in Sustainable Agriculture

    402 Pages 75 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

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    Nanotechnology in Sustainable Agriculture presents applications of nanobiotechnology for eco-friendly agriculture practices. Implementing sustainable agriculture techniques is a crucial component in meeting projected global food demands while minimising toxic waste in the environment.

    Nano-technological tools – including nanoparticles, nanocapsules, nanotubes and nanomolecules – offer sustainable options to modernise agriculture systems. Written by nanotechnology experts, this book outlines how nano-formulations can improve yield without reliance on chemecial pesticides and reduce nutrient losses in fertilization. It reveals how nanotools are used for rapid disease diagnostics, in treating plant diseases and enhancing the capacity for plants to absorb nutrients.


    • Combines nanotechnology and agronomy presenting applications for improving plant performance and yields.
    • Reveals nanotechnology-based products used for the soil and plant health management which mitigate climate change.
    • Discusses roles of microbial endophytes, heavy metal nanoparticles and environment health, nano-nutrients, phytochemicals,  green bioengineering and plant health.

    This book appeals to professionals working in the agriculture and food industry, as well as agricultural scientists and researchers in nanotechnology and agronomy.

    Part 1: Introductory


    1. Emerging Role of Fungus Mediated Synthesis of Nanoparticles in Agriculture   

    Anjney Sharma, Sandeep Kumar and Shruti Shandilya


    2. Endophytes as Nanofactories   

    Isha Abhyankar, Philem Pushparani Devi and Pradeep Kumar Singh


    3. Nano-Biotechnological Products and Their Beneficial Linkages Towards Sustainable Wheat Production    

    Baby Kumari et al.


    4. Role of Nano-Biotechnology in Agriculture and Allied Sciences    

    Ashutosh Kumar et al.


    5. Phytochemicals and Microbial Metabolites as Capping Agents in Nanoparticle Formulation and Its Implications in Agriculture   

    Neha Sharma et al.


    Part 2: Application of Nanoparticles


    6. Potential of Agro-Products in Green Synthesis of Nano- Metallo-Pharmaceuticals   

    Deepak Panchal, Rita S. Dhodapkar and Sukdeb Pal


    7. Myconanoparticles Synthesis and Their Applications in The Agriculture Sector   

    Neha Sharma et al.


    8. Green Synthesized Nanoparticles: A Way to Produce Novel Nano Biosensor for Agricultural Application   

    Bijayananda Panigrahi and Kumar Anand


    9. Sophorolipid: A New Path Towards Greener Substitute in Nanotechnology   

    Asmita Prabhune and Priti Darne


    10. Nanoformulations in Soil Health and Agriculture   

    A.H. Sneharani and M. PavanKumar


    11. Emerging Role of Biosynthesized Silver Nanoparticles for Agricultural Applications   

    Aditya Nandi et al.


    Part 3: Nanobioformulation and Plant Health


    12. A Journey of Nano Iron Pyrite from The Chemosynthetic World of Hydrothermal Vents to The Photosynthetic World of Agricultural Fields: A New Class of Seed and Root Bio-Stimulant    

    Himanshi Jangir and Mainak Das


    13. Plant Extract Guided Nanomaterials and Plant Disease Management   

    Ismail Ocsoy et al.


    14. Nanomaterials, An Eco-Friendly Replacement of Traditional Agricultural Plant Fungicides   

    Arghadip Mondal, Naba Kumar Mondal and Priyanka Debnath


    15. Current Trends in Nanotechnological Approaches for Treatment of Plant Diseases   

    Anand Kumar Pandey, Brijendra Kumar Kashyap and Shalja Verma


    Part 4: Others (Case Reports)

    16. Cellular Impacts of Plant Fabricated Silver Nanoparticles   

    M. Anwar Mallick et al.


    17. Phytotoxic Study on Degraded Textile Dye (Methyl Red) Using Iron Oxide, Tungsten Oxide and Iron Tungstate Oxide Nanoparticles: A Case Report   

    Narendhran Sadasivam and Vinoth Velusamy


    Prof. M. A. Mallick is a Professor of Botany and Dean, Faculty of Science at Vinoba

    Bhave University, Hazaribag. He has had a first class academic career. He was a UGC

    teaching fellow in the Department of Botany, University of Delhi, during 1986–1990

    and was awarded a Ph.D. degree in 1991. He was a UGC visiting associate at Bhabha

    Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, for short term postdoctoral work during 1994–

    1996. He has 37+ years of teaching and research experience to his credit. Dr Mallick

    is the man behind the establishment of the Undergraduate Biotechnology department

    at St. Columba’s College, Hazaribag, the backward region of erstwhile Bihar and

    now Jharkhand State of India in 1994–95. He was also founder, course coordinator,

    and presently director of the Post Graduate Department of Biotechnology, VBU. He

    was elected as a member of the Jharkhand State Biotechnology Board during 2002–

    2004 and a member of Jharkhand State Higher Education Council (RUSA) during

    2015–2017. Dr Mallick is a lifetime member of several academic societies and

    attended several seminars and conferences in India and abroad. He has authored one

    international book and two laboratory manuals in biotechnology and has published

    several research papers, including book chapters. He has supervised ten research

    scholars and is currently guiding seven students to a Ph.D. degree in Biotechnology/

    Botany. His current research interest lies in nanobiotechnology, and he has published

    papers in this field in scientific reports and nanomedicine.

    Manoj Kumar Solanki (Ph.D.) is currently working as a scientist in the Institute

    of Biology, Biotechnology and Environment Protection of the Faculty of Natural

    Sciences, University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland, under the Police National Agency

    for Academic exchange program. He obtained his Master’s degree in Microbiology

    from Barkatullah University in 2006 and a Ph.D. degree in Microbiology from Rani

    Durgawati University, India, in 2013. He has awarded a visiting scientist fellowship

    from the Guangxi Academy of Agriculture Sciences, China, in 2013–2015, and

    also awarded as visiting scientist from the Volcani Center, Agricultural Research

    Organization, Israel 2016-2020. During his Ph.D., he was awarded a Senior Research

    Fellowship from the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), India. He also

    worked as a research associate in the International Crops Research Institute for the

    Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), India, in a Department of Biotechnology funded

    project. He has been engaged in various research activities on plants–microbes interaction,

    soil microbiology, plant disease management, enzymology, and published

    many book chapters and various research papers in the journals of international

    repute. His current research interest lies in post-harvest disease management, the

    study of bacterial and fungal microbiomes, nutrient management, plant disease management,

    bioformulation preparation and application, microbial genome analysis,

    microbial diversity, lytic enzymes such as chitinase and amylase, stress regulation

    by plant growth-promoting microbes, and soil microbial community analysis by

    modern biotechnological tools. He has vast experience in several plant diseases like

    root rot, wilt, charcoal rot, downy mildew, and their management. Dr Solanki has a

    great interest in agriculturally important microorganisms (such as bacteria, actinomycetes,

    fungi, and yeast), especially in the utilization of microorganisms in soil and

    crop health management and other allied areas.

    Baby Kumari (Ph.D.) obtained her Master’s degree in Biotechnology from the

    University of Rajasthan and a Ph.D. degree in Biotechnology from the Vinoba Bhave

    University (2017), Jharkhand, in collaboration with the Bhabha Atomic Research

    Centre, Mumbai, India. She has worked at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre,

    Mumbai, Maharashtra, April 2013–April 2014, in Nuclear Agriculture and Plant

    Biotechnology Division. She also worked there in the Radiation and Health division.

    She worked at the different prestigious Teaching and Research Institutes of India (for

    13 years). She worked in the Department of Biotechnology, St Columbas College,

    Jharkhand, December 2010–March 2011 as an Assistant Professor, Chemind

    Diagnosis and Biosolutions, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, December 2009–November

    2010, as a research scientist, Modi Institute of Management and Technology, Kota,

    Rajasthan, August 2007–December 2009, in the molecular biology specialization

    section. She has been engaged in various research activities on plant–microbes interaction,

    soil microbiology, plant disease management, nanotechnology, and published

    many research papers in journals of international repute. Dr Kumari has a great

    interest in plant–microbes interaction, especially in medicinal plants. Dr Kumari

    has a keen interest in nanoparticle biosynthesis and their application in plant disease

    management, biosensors, and bioremediation.

    Suresh Kumar Verma (Ph.D.) is a research scientist in the group of Prof. M. Suar in

    the KIIT School of Biotechnology, KIIT University. He has served as a postdoctoral

    researcher in environmental nanotoxicology at the Department of Environmental

    Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. He has been part of the South

    Asian Hub project as a research scientist. Currently, he is about to join Uppsala

    University. His main area of research interest includes nanotoxicology, environmental

    pollution, and nanomedicine. His research publications includes many publications

    in top reputed environmental journals like Science of the Total Environment,

    Scientific Reports, Nanomedicine, Chemosphere, and many others. He is also associated

    with many journals as a reviewer and editor.