Farm Table says:
This fact sheet focusing on nanomaterial technologies in agriculture is one of eight fact sheets in a series that look at various form of up and coming transformative technology.
The key points of this fact sheet:
- “Nanomaterials exist in nature or can be manufactured.
- Often they are nanoscale forms of naturally-occurring materials but with different characteristics, or properties, to the natural or bulk form.
- It is the unique properties of nanomaterials that have enabled the development of innovative products across many industries.
- Because of their very small size and unique chemical, optical, electronic or mechanical properties, nanomaterials can be used to manufacture products that are much smaller, lighter, reactive or soluble than conventional products.
- In agriculture, a key characteristic of interest is that nanomaterials are readily transported into the cells of both plants and animals.
- Nanomaterials present opportunities to develop more targeted and efficient agricultural inputs, soil sensors and intelligent food packaging.
- Being an emerging technology, it is important to understand the potential effects of agricultural nanomaterials on human health and the environment.”
- The case studies included in this fact sheet are”Tiny technology with big potential in crop protection” and “Instant soil test results in the field with nanosensors”.