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Special Issue "Nanotechnology Applications in Agriculture System"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020.
Interests: 1) Biomaterials, non-fouling coatings, and interfacial processes; 2) Directing protein structure-function and self-assembly with engineered nanoparticles and molecular imprinting; 3) Nanoparticle interactions with beneficial microbes and plants for agricultural applications. Paralleling these research efforts Dr. Britt is actively involved in outreach activities to engage and inspire students from all backgrounds to succeed in STEM disciplines. This research is currently funded by NSF-CBET, USDA-NIFA, and global companies in the biomedical industry
Interests: Nanotechnology, Nanomaterials for Disease Management - Plants and Animal Applications, Applied research and design, Regulatory framework
Interests: biomaterials for agriculture applications; nanoparticles as next-generation adjuvants for vaccine delivery; regulation of agricultural nano-products
Nanotechnology is emerging to create innovations for the billion-dollar agricultural industry by providing potential solutions for key challenges threatening global food security. Advancement in nanotechnology represents opportunity for the development of more precise and effective tools for diagnosis and treatments in agricultural applications. The use of nanomaterials in the agriculture sector particularly aims to reduce applications of protection products, minimize nutrient losses in fertilization, and increase yields through optimized nutrient management. The need to adapt and improve control agents such as pesticides grows each year, driven by the need for greater production under the constraints of climate change, community and regulatory demands, toxicity issues and pesticide resistance.
For crop disease management nanoparticles alone or as carriers are used to develop innovative insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, fertilizers, and double-stranded RNA for RNA-interference (RNAi)-mediated protection. For animal health the application of nanomaterials mainly focuses on the development of vaccines, biocides, feeds, efficient drug delivery systems, and nutrient delivery systems. Targeted and sustained micronutrient delivery through nano-based fertilizers offer means of improving crop production while decreasing cost and environmental impact. Despite the numerous advantages of nanotechnology and the growing trends in publications and patents, agricultural applications have not yet made it to the market. Integration of new tools and techniques in agriculture nanotechnology is required to generate robust data for analysis, characterization, and risk assessment for better regulatory evaluation and environmental concerns.
This special issue of Agronomy Journal will feature ‘Nanotechnology Applications in Agriculture System’. We invite experts and researchers to contribute original research, reviews and opinion pieces covering all related topics including nanoparticle chemistry, understanding the role of nanoparticles for crop disease management, applications of nanomaterials in animal production, interaction of nanoparticles with the environment, risk assessment and regulatory evaluation of nanoparticle based agricultural products.
Prof. David W. Britt
Prof. Neena Mitter
Dr. Karishma Mody
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agronomy is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Disease management
- Risk assesment strategies
- Regulatory framework