Chitosan-Based Nanostructures in Plant Protection Applications

  • Fahad A. Al-Dhabaan
  • Manal Mostafa
  • Hassan Almoammar
  • Kamel A. Abd-Elsalam
Part of the Nanotechnology in the Life Sciences book series (NALIS)


Biopolymer chitosan is presently one of the most favorable natural polymers for use in micro- and nanotechnology, and it is very effective for use in agricultural sector when combined with natural functional compounds or metal nanoparticles to eliminate problems associated with the waste of destructive chemicals. In the current chapter, the primary uses of nanochitosan in agriculture and its potential uses in plant protection control are reviewed. Nanochitosan has been reported to possess antifungal and antibacterial activity and shown to be effective against seed-borne pathogens when applied as seed treatment. Chitosan behaves as a resistance elicitor inducing both local and systemic plant defense responses even when applied to the seeds. The chitosan used as soil improvement was shown to provide many benefits to different plant species by reducing pathogen attack and infection and promoting growth. The authors outline the plant protection and growth regulatory applications of chitosan nanomaterials. Current and possible utilization of chitosan nanomaterials in plant nutrition, abiotic stress management, pesticides remediation, plant transformation, and post-harvest application is also highlighted.


Chitosan nanomaterial Plant protection Fungicide Food preservation Phytotoxicity 



This research was supported by the Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF), Joint Egypt (STDF)–South Africa (NRF) Scientific Cooperation, Grant ID. 27837 to Kamel Abd-Elsalam.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fahad A. Al-Dhabaan
    • 1
  • Manal Mostafa
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Hassan Almoammar
    • 5
  • Kamel A. Abd-Elsalam
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Biology, Science and Humanities CollegeShaqra UniversityAlquwayiyahSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.CIHEAM IAMB – Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of BariValenzanoItaly
  3. 3.Microbiology Department, Faculty of AgricultureCairo UniversityGizaEgypt
  4. 4.Plant Pathology Research Institute, Agricultural Research Center (ARC)GizaEgypt
  5. 5.National Centre for Biotechnology, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)RiyadhSaudi Arabia

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