Synthesis, Application, and Tracking of Magnetic Carbon-Coated Nanoparticles in Plants

  • Alejandro Pérez-de-LuqueEmail author
  • Zuny Cifuentes
  • Clara Marquina
  • Jesús M. de la Fuente
  • M. Ricardo Ibarra
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 906)


The behavior of nanoparticles inside plants is gaining importance for its implications in research about putative applications and toxicology. Magnetic carbon-coated nanoparticles can be easily traced through plant tissues using simple and affordable histological techniques. Here we present a methodology for the synthesis of such nanoparticles. We also describe methods for growing plants using rhizotrons (in order to observe the roots), procedures for applying the nanoparticles, taking and processing the samples.

Key words

Magnetic nanoparticles Arc-discharge furnace Gas-phase condensation Nano­biotechnology Plant histology Rizhotron Light microscopy 



This work was supported by the projects granted by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (MICINN) NANOBIOMED (CONSOLIDER-INGENIO 2010 Programme), AGL2008-01467, EUI2008-00157, and EUI2008-00114. Financial support from the Autonomic Government of Aragon (DGA) is also acknowledged through ARAID foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alejandro Pérez-de-Luque
    • 1
    Email author
  • Zuny Cifuentes
    • 2
  • Clara Marquina
    • 3
    • 4
  • Jesús M. de la Fuente
    • 5
  • M. Ricardo Ibarra
    • 6
    • 5
  1. 1.Área de Mejora y BiotecnologíaIFAPA, Centro Alameda del ObispoCórdobaSpain
  2. 2.Ãrea de Mejora y Biotecnologí aIFAPA, Centro Alameda del ObispoCórdobaSpain
  3. 3.Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón (ICMA)CSIC-Universidad de ZaragozaZaragozaSpain
  4. 4.Departamentto de Fisica de la Materia CondensadaUniversidad de ZaragozaZaragozaSpain
  5. 5.Instituto de Nanociencia de AragónUniversidad de ZaragozaZaragozaSpain
  6. 6.Departamento de Física de la Materia CondensadaUniversidad de ZaragozaZaragozaSpain

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