Benefits and Potential Risks of Nanotechnology Applications in Crop Protection

  • Josef Jampílek
  • Katarína Kráľová
Part of the Nanotechnology in the Life Sciences book series (NALIS)


Nanoagrochemicals have played a more and more important role in agriculture and food industry, which is connected to the fact that nanotechnology is a rapidly expanding field that affords the development of materials in nanoscale dimensions that have unique properties and a wide spectrum of applications. Thus, many nanoscale materials have found their application in crop protection, i.e. protection of field, vegetable crops and fruits against plant diseases, weeds and various pests. Agents with crop protection effects have become more and more important due to the necessity to ensure enough food for the world’s population. This contribution reviews the potential of applications of different nanoscale inorganic, organic or combined materials as pesticides (herbicides, fungicides, bactericides and insecticides), i.e. as agents used for crop protections. The attention is also devoted to the impact of these nanomaterials on the environment and human health.


Herbicides Fungicides Insecticides Natural agents Synthetic agents Metalloids Nanoparticles Nanoformulations Nano(eco)toxicology Health risks 



This study was supported by sanofi-aventis Pharma Slovakia, s.r.o.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Josef Jampílek
    • 1
  • Katarína Kráľová
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of PharmacyComenius UniversityBratislavaSlovakia
  2. 2.Institute of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural SciencesComenius UniversityBratislavaSlovakia

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