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Fate of inorganic nanoparticles in agriculture

Fate Of Inorganic Nanoparticles In Agriculture

Navneet Phogat1, Shadab Ali Khan2, Shiv Shankar3, Abu A. Ansary2, Imran Uddin2, 4, 5*

1Faculty of Medical and Life Sciences, Hochschule Furtwangen University, Jakob- Kienzle Str. 17, D – 78054,  VS – Schwenningen, Germany

2Division of Biochemical Sciences, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India

3Department of Food Engineering and Bionanocomposite Research Institute, Mokpo National University, Republic of Korea

4Teri-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Research Centre, Biotechnology and Bioresources Division, The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi, India

5Department of Chemistry, Rhodes University, Grahamstown 6140, South Africa

Adv. Mater. Lett., 2016, 7 (1), pp 3-12

DOI: 10.5185/amlett.2016.6048

Publication Date (Web): Dec 22, 2015



In modern world, engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) are increasingly becoming an important component of daily life. They are becoming an integral part of a wide range of man-made products including electronics, paints, biomedical products, sunscreens, clothing, automobiles, etc. Rapid progress in the manufacturing of ENPs and the subsequent increase in its commercial applications always have had an impact on agriculture due to the exposure of living things to these ENPs. Also, human beings are directly dependent on the plants because of their nutritional values. Hence, the impact of nanoparticles on agricultural soil and plants is always of topical interest. It is imperative to be aware of the effects of nanoparticles on soil as well as on the soil ecosystem it supports especially the soil microbes and plants; or more specifically whether they have an influence on the agricultural yield and agri-economy. It is also important to study the effects of man-made nanomaterials on the properties of agricultural soil. This work reviews some of the key features of the impact of ENPs on the environment and the fate of ENPs in agriculture.


Engineered nanoparticles (ENPs), agriculture, soil, risk assessment, environment.

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