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Nanotechnology-Based Sustainable Alternatives for the Management of Plant Diseases - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128233948

Nanotechnology-Based Sustainable Alternatives for the Management of Plant Diseases

1st Edition

Editors: Giorgio Mariano Balestra Elena Fortunati
Paperback ISBN: 9780128233948
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st November 2021
Page Count: 422
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Table of Contents

  1. Organic Antimicrobial Nanomaterials and Reducing Copper Use in Sustainable Plant Protection.
    2. Inorganic Nanomaterials Usable in Plant Protection Strategies
    3. Utility of Nanoparticles in Management of Plant Viruses
    4. Natural or Green Synthesis Nanomaterials and Impact on Plant Pathogens
    5. Potential Applications of Nanotechnology in Seed Technology For Improved Plant Health
    6. Controlled Biocide Release from Smart Delivery Systems: Materials Engineering to Tune Release Rate, Biointeractions and Responsiveness
    7. Plants and Humans Health: the New Era of Biobased Nanoscale Systems
    8. Nanoscale Characterization Methods in Plant Disease Management
    9. Nanotechnology-based Green and Efficient Alternatives for the Management of Plant Diseases
    10. Nanotechnology-enabled Farm Phytodiagnostics
    11. Nano Metal-Carbon-Based Materials: Emerging Platform for the Growth and Protection of Crops
    12. Biopolymers and Nanomaterials in Relation to Packaging/Plant Pathogens and Plant
    13. Metal-Organic Framework as an Emerging Material: A Novel Plant Growth Stimulant
    14. Carbon Nanostructures-based Sensors: a Promising Tool for Monitoring Crops


Nanotechnology-based Sustainable Alternatives for the Management of Plant Diseases addresses the power of sustainable nanomaterials for plant and food protection. The book highlights dangers arising from bacteria, fungi, viruses, insects, seeds, plants, fruits and food production and summarizes new and sustainable strategies. It places a particular focus on plant pathogen control, and in the food packaging sector in agri-food applications. The control of plant pathogens in plants and in food has been conventionally made by adding chemical preservatives and by using thermal processing, but sustainable nanotechnology can be a power tool to aid in this complex set of challenges.

Advances in materials science have led to the rapid development of nanotechnology that has great potential for improving food safety as a powerful tool for the delivery and controlled release of natural antimicrobials.

Key Features

  • Analyzes and lays out information related to sustainable strategies, taking a nano-based approach to the management of plant diseases and biotic damage on fresh food
  • Presents the latest discoveries and practical applications of nanotechnology based, sustainable plant protection strategies to combat dangerous microorganisms and improve the shelf-life of food
  • Assesses the major challenges of manufacturing nanotechnology-based pesticides on a mass scale


Materials scientists and engineers


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About the Editors

Giorgio Mariano Balestra

Giorgio Mariano Balestra is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agriculture and Forest Sciences, at University of Tuscia, Italy. His research interests are plant pathology and on phytobacteriology for: biological control in open field, greenhouse, nursery of phytopathogenic bacteria, by using natural substances and biocontrol agents (BCA’s).Other research alorization of agro-food wastes to develop organic plant protection strategies, reduction of agrochemicals to control of harmful pathogenic microorganisms on tropical and subtropical crops, sustainable plant protection strategies in developing countries, biology and epidemiology of phytopathogenic bacteria, abiotic and biotic factors influencing populations of phytopathogenic bacteria, and genetic-molecular characterization of phytopathogenic bacteria.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Agriculture and Forest Sciences, University of Tuscia, Italy

Elena Fortunati

Elena Fortunati, graduated in 2007 in Materials Engineering and she was awarded a Ph.D. in Nanotechnology of Materials at the University of Perugia, in 2010. Since January 2011 she has been a researcher (post-doctoral) at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department/Faculty of Engineering /Materials Science and Technology (STM) Group. She has attended and spoken at over 30 International Conferences and is author of more than 50 articles in refereed journals and book chapters, most of them concerning waste re-valorization and use, extraction of cellulose nanocrystals and their use in nanocomposites for industrial applications.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Perugia, Department of Civil Engineering, UdR INSTM, Italy