Synthesis of Fluorescent Carbon Quantum Dots and Their Application in the Plant Cell Imaging
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Carbon quantum dots (CQDs) exhibit tremendous advantages for plant growth study due to its strong fluorescence and good biocompatibility. The fluorescent CQDs were synthesized by the one-step microwave method with the raw materials of citric acid (CA) and urea (UR), and expressed a unique green fluorescence with the optimal excitation wavelength of over 400 nm through adjusting the doping of N elements. It is demonstrated that CQDs can act as deliver media in plant and fluorescent probes for plant cell imaging through directly cultivated in the seedlings of melon and wheat, respectively. Based on the effects of the fluorescent CQDs on plants growth, we can further study the mechanisms of the ions transport in plants.
Key wordscarbon quantum dots plant cell imaging microwave method
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