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Nanotechnology pp 279-291 | Cite as

Nanosensors: Frontiers in Precision Agriculture

  • Manoj Kaushal
  • Suhas P. Wani
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Abstract

In the last decennium, nanotechnology has earned strength in and become the influential gizmo in current agriculture. Nanotechnology can boost agricultural production by improving nutrient use efficiency with nanoformulations of fertilizers; agrochemicals for crop enhancement, detection and treatment of diseases, host-parasite interactions at the molecular level using nanosensors, plant disease diagnostics, contaminants removal from soil and water, postharvest management of vegetables and flowers, and reclamation of salt-affected soils; etc. Nanobiosensors can be also employed for sensing a wide variety of pathogens, fertilizers, moisture and soil pH aiming to remove plant protection product applications, reduce loss of nutrients, and enhance crop yields through good nutrient management. Here we review nanotechnology applications for agriculture production, metal oxide-based nanosensors for protection of crops from diseases caused by bacteria and counter microbial attacks.

Keywords

Nanosensors Precision farming Nanotechnocrates Plant growth hormones Pathogen detection Soil conditions 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Program-AsiaInternational Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid TropicsPatancheruIndia

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