Enhancing Crop Productivity in Saline Environment Using Nanobiotechnology

  • Pradeep Kumar Shukla
  • Saumya Shukla
  • Preeti Rajoriya
  • Pragati MisraEmail author


Abiotic stresses are the main factor negatively affecting crop growth and productivity worldwide. Salinity is one of the most important environmental stresses, limiting crop production in arid and semiarid areas of the world, and in the saline areas which is three times larger than the land used for agriculture. It is estimated that more than 6% of the world’s total land and approximately 20% of irrigated land are affected by salinity, and therefore, is a serious concern in agriculture. Nanoparticles are nowadays gaining importance in improvement of plant systems as they help in reducing adverse effects of stresses, imposing a positive impact on the plant. Applications of nanomaterials can enhance seed germination, improve plant's resistance against abiotic and biotic stress, augment nutrient utilization efficiency, ultimately improving plant growth and developmental processes, with reduced environmental impact compared to traditional approaches. Various reports have evidenced the positive effect of nanoparticles in mitigating the harmful effects of salt stress. This chapter presents a brief glimpse on the effect of various nanoparticles to mitigate the salt-induced damage in the plants.


Nanoparticles Salt stress Agriculture Gene expression 



Silver nanoparticles


Ascorbate peroxidase




Cerium oxide nanoparticles




Copper (II) oxide nanoparticles


Glutathione peroxidase




Nanoscale particles


Osmotic potential


Programmed cell death




Superoxide dismutase


Zinc oxide nanoparticles



The authors are heartily thankful to Hon’ble Vice Chancellor Prof. Rajendra B. Lal, Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences, Allahabad, for providing essential facilities and valuable suggestions during the course of the investigation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pradeep Kumar Shukla
    • 1
  • Saumya Shukla
    • 1
  • Preeti Rajoriya
    • 2
  • Pragati Misra
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of ScienceSam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology and SciencesAllahabadIndia
  2. 2.Department of Molecular and Cellular Engineering, Jacob Institute of Biotechnology and BioengineeringSam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology and SciencesAllahabadIndia

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