Magnetic Nanoparticles in Plant Protection: Promises and Risks

  • Mohamed A. Mohamed
  • Abd El-Moez A. Mohamed
  • Kamel A. Abd-Elsalam
Part of the Nanotechnology in the Life Sciences book series (NALIS)


With the rapid development of nanotechnology, nanomaterials are increasingly used in the fields of aerospace, environment, industry, and agriculture. The effective use of magnetic nanoparticles in the field of plant protection is a new and promising approach. Magnetic nanoparticles have wide potential applications in plant protection and disease management. The unique ability of magnetic nanomaterials to penetrate plant cell wall and move inside the cell in fast manner can open ways for improvement of a number of biological and transformation techniques including particle bombardment. This chapter is focusing on synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles utilized in different agricultural applications. Their behavior and mobility in plant cells, and the effective means for smart delivery of nucleic acids and fertilizers, which have a strong bearing on the growth and the yield of plants. The chapter also discusses the possibility of large-scale adaptability of magnetic nanoparticles by integrating into present practices, thus avoiding crop loss due to pests and diseases.


Magnetic nanoparticles Plant protection Agriculture Applications 



The first author would like to acknowledge Dr. Suzan Eid for the contentious support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohamed A. Mohamed
    • 1
  • Abd El-Moez A. Mohamed
    • 2
    • 3
  • Kamel A. Abd-Elsalam
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.Plant Pathology Research InstituteAgricultural Research Center (ARC)GizaEgypt
  2. 2.School of Metallurgy and MaterialsUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK
  3. 3.Department of Physics, Faculty of ScienceUniversity of SohagSohagEgypt
  4. 4.Unit of Excellence in Nano-Molecular Plant PathologyPlant Pathology Research InstituteGizaEgypt

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