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Incorporation of Nanoparticles into Plant Nutrients: The Real Benefits

  • Edgar Vázquez-NúñezEmail author
  • Martha L. López-Moreno
  • Guadalupe de la Rosa Álvarez
  • Fabián Fernández-Luqueño
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Abstract

The nanosciences and nanotechnology have been the most novel and attractive fields in recent years; their applications have spread through different and diverse areas, i.e., medicine, chemistry, biology, agriculture, etc. In agriculture the possibilities for application and innovation are enormous, and these applications have resulted in essential improvements in central plant and crop aspects. The incorporation of nanoparticles into nutritional plants has increased the yield of nutrient values and also has played a vital role in developing improved systems for analyzing ecological conditions and increasing the capacity of crops to absorb nutrients or pesticides. This chapter discusses and summarizes some updated evidence regarding the effects of nanoparticles on the yield and quality of crops, and it highlights how nanoscience and nanotechnologies might revolutionize the nutrition of higher plants in the short term.

Keywords

Crops Nanoparticles Nutrients Field trials Plant response 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Edgar Vázquez Núñez acknowledges financial support received through project ID PRODEP UGTO-PTC- 571 and thanks BV Furlong for her assistance. Guadalupe de la Rosa Álvarez acknowledges support received from Universidad de Guanajuato (DAIP-UG 1,014/2016, ETAPA 2; Dirección de Apoyo a la Investigación y al Posgrado; Rectoría Campus León). Martha López-Moreno and Fabián Fernández-Luqueño received no specific financial support for this work.

Competing interests The authors declare that they have not competing interests.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edgar Vázquez-Núñez
    • 1
    Email author
  • Martha L. López-Moreno
    • 2
    • 3
  • Guadalupe de la Rosa Álvarez
    • 2
    • 5
  • Fabián Fernández-Luqueño
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Chemical, Electronic, and Biomedicine Engineering, Sciences and Engineering DivisionUniversity of GuanajuatoLeon, GuanajuatoMexico
  2. 2.UC Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC CEIN)The University of Texas at El PasoEl PasoUSA
  3. 3.Chemistry DepartmentUniversity of Puerto Rico at MayaguezMayaguezPuerto Rico
  4. 4.Sustainability of Natural Resources and Energy ProgramsCinvestav-SaltilloRamos ArizpeMexico
  5. 5.Sciences and Engineering DivisionUniveristy of GuanajuatoLeón, GuanajuatoMexico

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