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Testing antimicrobial nanoparticles on tomato plants

by Graeme Hammer
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A recent study published in the journal ACS Agricultural Science & Technology investigates the hybridization of chitosan and silver nanoparticles for boosting the antibacterial properties in tomato plants. The produced chitosan-hybridized biogenic silver nanoparticles have remarkable biocompatibility, suggesting that these materials can be used as safe and efficient antibacterial bioagents for green nano-enabled farming.

Nanotechnology has evolved as a highly efficient and remarkably successful technique for supplementing or even replacing many traditional agriculture practices.

Metal and metal oxide nanomaterials have been extensively researched for infection control in a variety of disease systems. Many studies show that they are highly efficient in agricultural applications because of their bioactivity and bioavailability.

However, several of these compounds have uncharacteristic environmental consequences, raising concerns about the biological hazards of such materials if extensively used in food production. There has been a major interest in the creation of biological methods for the green production of metallic nanoparticles in recent times.


Many experts argue that these nanomaterials are more efficient for agricultural purposes, both in terms of manufacturing and usage. Several papers have been published recently on the use of organic substrates for producing metallic nanoparticles that offer cost-effective, biodegradable, non-toxic, and ecologically friendly nanomaterials.

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