Special Issue "Application of Nanotechnology in Sustainable Agriculture"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Farming Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 January 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Sanghamitra Majumdar
Guest Editor
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Dr. Luca Pagano
Guest Editor
Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, University of Parma, Parma, Italy
Interests: nanomaterials, genomics, transcriptomicis, abiotic stress

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The application of nanotechnology has unfolded novel avenues in the food and agriculture industry to address various challenges threatening global food security. Nanomaterials have shown potential in improving plant growth and yield, increasing resistance and resilience against pests and unfavorable abiotic conditions, controlled release of conventional agrochemicals, assessing water/soil quality, and food storage. However, many questions regarding their sustainable application, production/infrastructural cost, impact on crop health and nutrition, and public health safety remain unanswered. These have been the major bottlenecks for the transition of nanomaterial-based agricultural products from patents and publications in the field.

A better understanding of the mechanisms at the nanomaterial–plant interface is required for bridging the gap between nanoscale interactions at cellular level and phenotypic expression in plants. Furthermore, the interplay of the nanomaterials with existing organic/inorganic fertilizers/pesticides remains poorly understood. Mechanistic information at different hierarchical levels including phenotypic, metabolic, protein, and genetic levels are required to elucidate the principal mechanisms involved in the nanomaterial exposure and uptake, as well as to shed light on the response pathways exploited in plants. Significant efforts are necessary to assess the efficiency and cost–benefit of the proposed nanomaterial-based agricultural products over their conventional analogues and existing agrochemicals.

In this Special Issue entitled “Application of Nanotechnology in Sustainable Agriculture”, we invite researchers and experts to contribute original research, critical reviews, and opinions exploring applications of nanotechnology in agricultural sustainability by various means, including but not limited to increased plant growth and yield, crop protection from biotic and abiotic factors, nano-based sensor development for detection of stress signals and soil/water quality, and improved storage and packaging capability. We encourage integration of multidisciplinary research oriented towards nanomaterial–plant interactions at the physiological, biochemical, and molecular level using advanced analytical techniques and robust data analysis to correlate mechanistic and phenotypic information, especially for crop species related to human consumption and animal feed. We further encourage articles focusing on risk assessment of nanomaterial-based agricultural products for their safe and sustainable applicability in the real world, thereby contributing toward regulatory decision making.

Dr. Sanghamitra Majumdar
Dr. Luca Pagano
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Nanomaterials
  • Plant growth
  • Stress response
  • Sustainable agriculture

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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