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Volume 14 Issue 6, June 2019

Volume 14 Issue 6

Providing an insight into nano-enabled agriculture

A range of nano-enabled strategies can address existing inefficiencies in agrochemical delivery and activity. Many of these approaches for plant protection and nutrition involve foliar application of engineered nanomaterials, which can also be used to enhance plant resilience and to enable biofortification. Nanotechnology clearly holds great promise for crop production, helping to sustainably meet the growing global demands for food, feed and fuel. The cover art depicts nanoparticles deposited on a leaf, interacting with the unique surface environment and subsequently entering the vascular system to deliver novel functionality to the entire plant.

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IMAGE: Ella Maru Studio. COVER DESIGN: Bethany Vukomanovic


Research Highlights

News & Views

  • News & Views |

    An FDA-approved iron oxide nanoparticle used for the treatment of anaemia can be repurposed for leukaemia therapy.

    • Suzy V. Torti
    • Frank M. Torti
  • News & Views |

    Carbon fibres maximize lithium usage, offering a path to realistic high-energy-density lithium-metal batteries.

    • Rodrigo V. Salvatierra
    • James M. Tour
  • News & Views |

    A semiconductor quantum dot that generates polarization-entangled photon pairs on demand has been realized, marking an important milestone for scalable integrated quantum photonics and information processing.

    • Igor Aharonovich




  • Q&A |

    J. Scott Angle is the director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in the US. Anne Mullen asks him about opportunities for nanotechnology in agriculture and food security. The views expressed below do not necessarily represent the official views of NIFA or the US Department of Agriculture.

    • Anne Mullen


Review Articles


  • Letter |

    While measurement of an electron spin commonly destroys it, the quantum non-demolition measurement implemented here for an electron spin qubit in a semiconductor quantum dot preserves the measured spin and allows for exponential suppression of readout errors by repeated measurements.

    • Takashi Nakajima
    • Akito Noiri
    • Seigo Tarucha


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