Nanoparticles in Agroindustry: Applications, Toxicity, Challenges, and Trends

Nanomaterials (Basel). 2020 Aug 23;10(9):1654. doi: 10.3390/nano10091654.


Nanotechnology is a tool that in the last decade has demonstrated multiple applications in several sectors, including agroindustry. There has been an advance in the development of nanoparticulated systems to be used as fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, sensors, and quality stimulants, among other applications. The nanoencapsulation process not only protects the active ingredient but also can affect the diffusion, interaction, and activity. It is important to evaluate the negative aspects of the use of nanoparticles (NPs) in agriculture. Given the high impact of the nanoparticulated systems in the agro-industrial field, this review aims to address the effects of various nanomaterials on the morphology, metabolomics, and genetic modification of several crops.

Keywords: agriculture; metabolomics; nanoparticles; nanotechnology.

Publication types

  • Review