Use of Agronanobiotechnology in the Agro-Food Industry to Preserve Environmental Health and Improve the Welfare of Farmers

  • Fabián Fernández-Luqueño
  • Gabriela Medina-Pérez
  • Fernando López-Valdez
  • Rodrigo Gutiérrez-Ramírez
  • Rafael G. Campos-Montiel
  • Edgar Vázquez-Núñez
  • Sandra Loera-Serna
  • Isac Almaraz-Buendía
  • Oscar Enrique Del Razo-Rodríguez
  • Alfredo Madariaga-Navarrete


Agronanobiotechnology is a term that refers to the intersection of agronomy, nanotechnology, and biotechnology. Agronanobiotechnology is a discipline in which tools from nanotechnology are developed and applied to the study of agronomic and biological phenomena. The objective of this chapter is to present cutting-edge knowledge regarding agronanobiotechnology, which is aimed at preserving environmental health and improving the welfare of farmers while also increasing crop yields and the production of innocuous feed. Producers of innovative products in agronanobiotechnology are experiencing difficulties in bringing these products to market, because of their high production costs, which regularly are required in high volumes in the agricultural sector, while unclear technical benefits, legislative uncertainties, and negative public opinion are hampering the development of agronanobiotechnology; notwithstanding these difficulties, the possibilities offered by agronanobiotechnology in several agricultural applications are moving forward. Meanwhile, progress in legislation, nanoremediation, environmental monitoring, international safety regulation, and drug delivery techniques could improve the agricultural and livestock sector indirectly. For research and development in agronanobiotechnology to move forward, long-term in situ field trials are required, while social welfare must also be guaranteed in order to shape sustainable development.


Agricultural nanotechnologies Crop production Packaging Plant breeding Plant genetic modification Remediation Water purification 



This research was funded by Ciencia Básica SEP-CONACYT project numbers 151881 and 287225, the Sustainability of Natural Resources and Energy Programs (Cinvestav-Saltillo), and Cinvestav-Zacatenco. G.M.-P. and R.G.-R. received grant-aided support from Becas CONACYT. F.F.-L., F.L.-V., R.G.C.-M., E.V.-N., S.L.-S., I.A.-B., O.E.R.-R., and A.M.-N. received grant-aided support from Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (SNI), Mexico.

Competing interests The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fabián Fernández-Luqueño
    • 1
  • Gabriela Medina-Pérez
    • 2
  • Fernando López-Valdez
    • 3
  • Rodrigo Gutiérrez-Ramírez
    • 1
  • Rafael G. Campos-Montiel
    • 4
  • Edgar Vázquez-Núñez
    • 5
  • Sandra Loera-Serna
    • 6
  • Isac Almaraz-Buendía
    • 4
  • Oscar Enrique Del Razo-Rodríguez
    • 4
  • Alfredo Madariaga-Navarrete
    • 4
  1. 1.Sustainability of Natural Resources and Energy ProgramsCinvestav-SaltilloRamos ArizpeMexico
  2. 2.Transdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Scientific and Technological Development for the SocietyCinvestav-ZacatencoMexico CityMexico
  3. 3.Agricultural Biotechnology Group, Research Center for Applied Biotechnology (CIBA) —Instituto Politécnico NacionalTlaxcalaMexico
  4. 4.ICAP—Instituto de Ciencias AgropecuariasUniversidad Autónoma del Estado de HidalgoTulancingoMexico
  5. 5.Department of Chemical, Electronic, and Biomedicine Engineering, Sciences and Engineering DivisionUniversity of GuanajuatoLeon, GuanajuatoMexico
  6. 6.Div. Ciencias Básicas e IngriaUniv. Autónoma Metropolitana AzcapotzalcoMexico CityMexico

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