Special Issue "Nanotechnology in Agriculture and Food Industry"
A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2020).
Interests: analytical chemistry; food safety; micronutrient nutrition; nanomaterials; nanotoxicology; nanotechnology agri-food applications; risk assessment
The broad area of food, nutrition, and health is becoming a favorite sector for nanotechnology applications aimed at generating novel and useful properties by bringing materials to the nanoscale. This is especially true in the agri–food sector, where a number of nanotechnology applications are rapidly emerging in a variety of areas, from agricultural production (e.g. nano-formulated agrochemicals, such as nano-fertilizers and nano-pesticides, animal feeds, etc.), to food processing (nano-sized ingredients, nutritional supplements, and additives) and packaging (food contact materials).
It is indisputable that nanotechnology applications in the food sector may bring benefits, for example, they may lead to the production of improved nutrient sources (as a result of higher bioavailability or less severe side-effects upon ingestion). However, potential risks have to be assessed and excluded. Although making materials smaller can generate novel and useful properties, concerns exist on the potential risks related to the interactions of nano-sized materials with cellular components, which may ultimately harm human health. The unique physicochemical properties of engineered nanomaterials may influence the toxicological properties, first of all the toxicokinetic behaviour, and an appropriate nano-specific risk assessment has to be carried out for nanotechnology applications that result in the presence of nanoparticles in food.
This Special Issue aims to provide an overview of the current and projected nanotechnology applications in agriculture and the food industry, as well as of the developments in assessing the safety of nanomaterials, with emphasis on the development of appropriate nano-specific risk assessment approaches.
Dr. Cubadda Francesco
Dr. Federica Aureli
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- nanotechnology applications
- agricultural production
- food processing
- food packaging
- nano-specific risk assessment