Budding trends in integrated pest management using advanced micro- and nano-materials: challenges and perspectives

TitleBudding trends in integrated pest management using advanced micro- and nano-materials: challenges and perspectives
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsKhandelwal, N, Barbole, RS, Banerjee, SS, Chate, GP, Biradar, AV, Khandare, JJ, Giri, AP
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Volume184
Pagination157-169
Date PublishedDEC
Abstract

One of the most vital supports to sustain human life on the planet earth is the agriculture system that has been constantly challenged in terms of yield. Crop losses due to insect pest attack even after excessive use of chemical pesticides, are major concerns for humanity and environment protection. By the virtue of unique properties possessed by micro and nano-structures, their implementation in Agri-biotechnology is largely anticipated. Hence, traditional pest management strategies are now forestalling the potential of micro and nanotechnology as an effective and viable approach to alleviate problems pertaining to pest control. These technological innovations hold promise to contribute enhanced productivity by providing novel agrochemical agents and delivery systems. Application of these systems engages to achieve: i) control release of agrochemicals, ii) site-targeted delivery of active ingredients to manage specific pests, iii) reduced pesticide use, iv) detection of chemical residues, v) pesticide degradation, vi) nucleic acid delivery and vii) to mitigate post-harvest damage. Applications of micro and nano-technology are still marginal owing to the perception of low economic returns, stringent regulatory issues involving safety assessment and public awareness over their uses. In this review, we highlight the potential application of micro and nano-materials with a major focus on effective pest management strategies including safe handling of pesticides. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

DOI10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.09.071
Type of Journal (Indian or Foreign)

Foreign

Impact Factor (IF)

3.131

Divison category: 
Biochemical Sciences