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Volume 15 Issue 9, September 2020

Volume 15 Issue 9

Nano solutions for sustainable agriculture

Meeting the growing demand for food requires careful consideration of our finite resources. Agriculture is notoriously resource intensive with system-wide inefficiencies, particularly on-farm application of agrochemicals. Recent developments of nano-enabled agrochemicals show promise for agriculture intensification. Gilbertson et al. analyse these nano solutions with cautious optimism and provide a holistic perspective that goes beyond the immediate nano-induced effects. By considering the performance and environmental trade-offs of using nanomaterials to offset or replace conventional agrochemicals, they identify opportunities to sustainably advance crop production. The cover art is an artistic impression representing how their results define the design space that ensures sustainable enhancement of food production.

See Gilbertson et al.

Image: Michael Northrop, Arizona State University. Cover Design: Bethany Vukomanovic

Editorial

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    Although the idea of using nanomaterials for agriculture is promising, we must consider in detail how nanotechnology can provide advantages over standard tools.

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    Two studies on sub-micrometre plastic particles provide evidence of plastic accumulation in terrestrial plants.

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    Lattices of magnetic whirls are a promising model system to study phases and phase transitions in two dimensions.

    • Mathias Kläui
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    Breaking the mirror symmetry in twisted bilayer MoSe2 results in large scale exciton dipole oriented domains in a two-dimensional homostructure.

    • Paulina Plochocka
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    Overcoming the challenges of plastic detection in plants has made it possible to transfer many of the lessons learned from plant–metal nanoparticle interactions to plastic nanoparticles.

    • Fabienne Schwab
    • Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser
    • Alke Petri-Fink

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