Plant Nanobionics: Application of Nanobiosensors in Plant Biology

  • Monica Butnariu
  • Alina Butu
Part of the Nanotechnology in the Life Sciences book series (NALIS)


Nanobiosensors (NBSs) are a class of chemical sensors which are sensitive to a physical or chemical stimulus (heat, acidity, metabolism transformations) that conveys information about vital processes. NBSs detect physiological signals and convert them into standardized signals, often electrical, to be quantified from analog to digital. NBSs are classified according to the transducer element (electrochemical, piezoelectric, optical, and thermal) in accordance with biorecognition principle (enzyme recognition, affinity immunoassay, whole sensors, DNA). NBSs have varied forms, depending on the degree of interpretation of natural processes in plants. Plant nanobionics uses mathematical models based on qualitative and less quantitative records. NBSs can give information about endogenous concentrations or endogenous fluxes of signaling molecules (phytohormones). The properties of NBSs are temporal and spatial resolution, the ability of being used without significantly interfering with the system. NBSs with the best properties are the optically genetically coded NBSs, but each NBS needs specific development efforts. NBS technologies using antibodies as a recognition domain are generic and tend to be more invasive, and there are examples of their use in plant nanobionics. Through opportunities that develop along with technologies, we hope that more and more NBSs will become available for plant nanobionics. The main advantages of NBSs are short analysis time, low-cost tests and portability, real-time measurements, and remote control.


Nanobiosensors Nanobionics Signaling molecules Optical fiber Electrode Molecular recognition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Monica Butnariu
    • 1
  • Alina Butu
    • 2
  1. 1.Chemistry & Biochemistry DisciplineBanat’s University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine “King Michael I of Romania” from TimisoaraTimisoaraRomania
  2. 2.National Institute of Research and Development for Biological Sciences, Splaiul IndependenteiBucharestRomania

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