Toxicity of Nanomaterials in Agriculture and Food

  • Ryan Rienzie
  • Nadeesh M. Adassooriya


Nanotechnology is revolutionizing the world with promising breakthroughs that make the human lives more comfortable, and no doubt that this would be the same in the future of agriculture and food industries as well. Besides, the world is still not fully confident about how this technology would work in long run, particularly in relation to the concerns regarding the possible toxic effects that can threaten the living either by direct or indirect entry into living cells. Together with agricultural activities, food production is one of the leading aspects. Lack of proper understanding on mechanisms that nanomaterial behave inside the living cells has directed us to re-think on incorporating them with agricultural purposes and then consumption of such nanomaterial involved products. The kinetics and toxicity of nanomaterials are unique and depending upon the extrinsic and intrinsic factors which hinder predicting their behaviour under various environments, therefore has become more complex to understand the possible impacts. In this context, this chapter aims at broadly discussing on the toxicological aspects of nanomaterials in agriculture and food systems while pointing out the future prospects of applications of nanotechnology to the same.


Toxicity Nanomaterials Nanoparticles Ecosystem Microbial community 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of AgricultureUniversity of PeradeniyaPeradeniyaSri Lanka
  2. 2.Faculty of Applied ScienceUniversity of Sri JayewardenepuraNugegodaSri Lanka

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