Nano Nutrients to Protect Plants


In order to prevent fungi from damaging coffee, sugarcane, banana, rice and wheat plantations, a team led by Jason White, an environmental toxicologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven, USA, has started to improve immunity in plants by feeding them nutrients packed into nano-sized packages. In the past few years, researchers have developed various nano-nutrient concoctions that have helped boost fungal resistance in tomatoes, soya beans, watermelons and eggplants.

This method has been inspired by an earlier method where nanoparticles were transported from the roots of maize plants and were seen to reach all parts of the plant. As nanoparticles are released over time, this method has additional benefits as compared to spraying fertilisers and insecticides on plants, which can be lost to rain or loss of leaves

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