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Advances of nanotechnology in agro-environmental studies

Mura, Stefania and Seddaiu, Giovanna and Bacchini, Fabio and Roggero, Pier Paolo and Greppi, Gianfranco (2013) Advances of nanotechnology in agro-environmental studies. Italian Journal of Agronomy, Vol. 8 (3), e18. eISSN 2039-6805. Article.

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DOI: 10.4081/ija.2013.e18


With the increase in the world population and the demand for food, new agricultural practices have been developed to improve food production through the use of more effective pesticides and fertilisers. These technologies can lead to an uncontrolled release of undesired substances into the environment, with the potential to contaminate soil and groundwater. Today, nanotechnology represents a promising approach to improve agricultural production and remediate polluted sites. This paper reviews the recent applications of nanotechnologies in agro-environmental studies with particular attention to the fate of nanomaterials once introduced in water and soil, to the advantages of their use and their possible toxicology. Findings show that the use of nanomaterials can improve the quality of the environment and help detect and remediate polluted sites. Only a small number of nanomaterials demonstrated potential toxic effects. These are discussed in detail.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:9195
Uncontrolled Keywords:Nanoparticles, soil, water, remediaton, photocatalysis, toxicity, environment, desertification
Subjects:Area 07 - Scienze agrarie e veterinarie > AGR/02 Agronomia e coltivazioni erbacee
Area 07 - Scienze agrarie e veterinarie > AGR/19 Zootecnica speciale
Area 11 - Scienze storiche, filosofiche, pedagogiche e psicologiche > M-FIL/02 Logica e filosofia della scienza
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Architettura, Design e Urbanistica
001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Agraria
Copyright Holders:© copyright S. Mura et al., 2013; licensee PAGEPress, Italy
Deposited On:12 Sep 2013 08:52

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