Nanofertilizer for Precision and Sustainable Agriculture: Current State and Future Perspectives

Ramesh Raliya, Vinod Saharan, Christian Dimkpa, Pratim Biswas

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The increasing food demand as a result of the rising global population has prompted the large-scale use of fertilizers. As a result of resource constraints and low use efficiency of fertilizers, the cost to the farmer is increasing dramatically. Nanotechnology offers great potential to tailor fertilizer production with the desired chemical composition, improve the nutrient use efficiency that may reduce environmental impact, and boost the plant productivity. Furthermore, controlled release and targeted delivery of nanoscale active ingredients can realize the potential of sustainable and precision agriculture. A review of nanotechnology-based smart and precision agriculture is discussed in this paper. Scientific gaps to be overcome and fundamental questions to be answered for safe and effective development and deployment of nanotechnology are addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6487-6503
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Issue number26
StatePublished - Jul 5 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • agrochemicals
  • nanofertilizer
  • nanoparticle aerosol technology
  • nanotechnology
  • plant nutrition
  • smart and precision agriculture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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