Agri-nanotechniques: Nanomaterials for products and application in agriculture - Nanomaterials: Basic knowledge and tools

With the world’s population expected to exceed nine billion by 2050, scientists are working to develop new ways to meet the rising global demand for food, energy and water without increasing the pressure on natural resources.

The development of Agri-NanoTechniques has started very recently. Agri-NanoTechniques will be implemented within the evolving science of precision agriculture that aims at using new technologies to increase the use efficiency of water, fertilizer, plant protection products and other inputs. A second, broad potential application concerns the issues of agri-food wastes reduction and valorization in accordance with the principles of the circular economy.

The introduction of nanotechnologies in agriculture still needs deepening in basic and applied knowledge. However, several promising results have been achieved, so far. A huge development is taking place in this sector, therefore nanotech applications currently under development will soon be overtaken by other ideas that are expected to contribute to solve several issues in the field of sustainable agriculture.

NanoInnovation 2020 hosts the 4th edition of the workshop “AgriNanoTechniques: Nanomaterials for products and application in agriculture”. Because of the restrictions due to COVID-19, the 4th Workshop Agri-NanoTechiques is organized in the form of webinars co-organized by the Universities of Bologna, Firenze, Parma, Verona and Udine.

The workshop, organized under the patronage of the Italian Society of Agronomy, will be the forum for discussing the perspectives of nanotechnologies in the primary sector among the stakeholders and scientists.

The virtual workshop offers the possibility of inserting educational contents. The first session is specifically aimed at master degree and PhD students in agriculture and biology. The second session encompass an overview of nanotechnology applications in plant nutrition and protection. The third session hosts recent research advances in these fields.