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Nanotechnology for agriculture and food systems

Research areas

Some of the potential research areas that would have a significant impact on agriculture are:

 Nucleic acid bioengineering,

 Smart treatment delivery systems,

 Nanobioprocessing,

 Bioanalyt¬ical nanosensors,

 Nanomaterials and

 Bioselective surfaces


 Nanotechnology has the potential to improve food quality and safety significantly in the following areas:

 Development of low cost sensors that detect the presence of food borne pathogens,

 Filters for removing undesirable compounds from foods and beverages and

 Nanoparticles to store flavors and nutrients inside food and release them at designated organs in the body when they are needed.

 Nanosensors targeting improved pathogen detection in food systems

 Electrically conduct¬ing polymers

 Sensors that can detect very low levels of molecular signals of spoilage and foodborne pathogens

 Non-invasive bioanalytical nanosensors placed in an animal’s saliva gland to detect a single virus

 Electronic tongue that detects minute amounts of a huge range of chemicals

 Tongue technology incorporated into food packages such as meat wrappings, to change color when the meat starting to spoil

 Nanoscale level dirt-repellent coatings

 Nanoscale monitors linked to recording and tracking devices to monitor temperature changes and detect pesticides and genetically modified crops within the food system

 To alter the structure of packaging materials at the molecular level

 To gain various gas and moisture permeabilities to fit the requirements of specific products such as fruits, vegetables, beverage and wine.

 To improve and preserve shelf-lifem, flavor and color of the products

 Nanostructured films and packaging materials to prevent the invasion of pathogens and other microorganisms and ensure food safety

 Nanosensors embedded in food packages to allow the determination of whether food has gone bad or show its nutrient content.

 To make food packages more light- and fire-resistant with stronger mechanical and thermal performance and controlled gas absorption by the addition of certain nanoparticles into packaging material and bottles.

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