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Polymers 2018, 10(2), 118;

Recent Advances of Chitosan Applications in Plants

Dipartimento di Biotecnologie e Bioscienze, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, 20126 Milan, Italy
Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Ambiente e della Terra, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, 20126 Milan, Italy
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Received: 18 December 2017 / Revised: 15 January 2018 / Accepted: 19 January 2018 / Published: 26 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Chitin/Chitosan Characterization and Applications)
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In recent years, the search for biological methods to avoid the application of chemical products in agriculture has led to investigating the use of biopolymers-based materials. Among the tested biomaterials, the best results were obtained from those based on the biopolymer chitosan (CHT). CHT, available in large quantities from the deacetylation of chitin, has multiple advantages: it is safe, inexpensive and can be easily associated with other compounds to achieve better performance. In this review, we have summarized the latest researches of the application of CHT on plant productivity, plant protection against the attack of pathogens and extension of the commercial life of detached fruits. View Full-Text
Keywords: chitosan; defense responses; fruits; nanoparticles; plant growth; pesticides chitosan; defense responses; fruits; nanoparticles; plant growth; pesticides
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