Zinc-Based Nanostructures in Plant Protection Applications

  • Manal Mostafa
  • Hassan Almoammar
  • Kamel A. Abd-Elsalam
Part of the Nanotechnology in the Life Sciences book series (NALIS)


Green nanochemistry reduces pollution risk at source levels where the principal focus is on the choice of reagents that are safe for the environment. Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) are considered to be a biosafe material for biological species, especially plants. ZnO NPs have the potential to increase the yield and growth of food crops. The use of ZnO NPs as a Zn fertilizer and also the positive and negative effects are discussed in detail. However, their outcome can be either positive or negative, depending on the size, shape, surface structure, physicochemical properties, the concentration of the nanoparticles, and the cell type and age. The possible antimicrobial mechanisms of ZnO nanomaterials include disruption of the cell wall and depletion in intracellular content as well as the disturbance in DNA replication and ROS generation in the microbial cell. This review emphasizes the main applications of zinc nanomaterials in plant promotion and protection.



This research was supported by the Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF), Joint Egypt (STDF)-South Africa (NRF) Scientific Cooperation, Grant ID. 27837 to Kamel Abd-Elsalam.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manal Mostafa
    • 1
  • Hassan Almoammar
    • 2
  • Kamel A. Abd-Elsalam
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.CIHEAM IAMB – Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of BariValenzanoItaly
  2. 2.ETH Zürich, Department of Biology, Institute of MicrobiologyZürichSwitzerland
  3. 3.Plant Pathology Research Institute, Agricultural Research Center (ARC)GizaEgypt
  4. 4.Unit of Excellence in Nano-Molecular Plant Pathology Research – Plant Pathology Research InstituteGizaEgypt

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