Zinc-Based Nanostructures for Environmental and Agricultural Applications

Zinc-Based Nanostructures for Environmental and Agricultural Applications

1st Edition - May 22, 2021

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  • Editor: Kamel Abd-Elsalam
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128228364
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128236567

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Zinc-Based Nanostructures for Environmental and Agricultural Applications shows how zinc nanostructures are being used in agriculture, food and the environment. The book has been divided into two parts: Part I deals with the synthesis and characterization of zinc-based nanostructures such as biogenic, plant, microbial, and actinobacteria mediated synthesis of zinc nanoparticles, Part II is focused on agri-food applications such as antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, plant disease management, controlling post-harvest diseases, pesticide sensing and degradations, plant promotions, ZnO nanostructure for food packaging application, safe animal food and feed supplement, elimination of mycotoxins, and veterinary applications. Part III reviews technological developments in environmental applications such as risks and benefits for aquatic organisms and the marine environment, antiseptic activity and toxicity mechanisms, wastewater treatment, and zinc oxide-based nanomaterials for photocatalytic degradation of environmental and agricultural pollutants. The book discusses various aspects, including the application of zinc-based nanostructures to enhance plant health and growth, the effect on soil microbial activity, antimicrobial mechanism, phytotoxicity and accumulation in plants, the possible impact of zinc-based nanostructures in the agricultural sector as nanofertilizer, enhancing  crop productivity, and other possible antimicrobial mechanisms of ZnO nanomaterials.

Key Features

  • Explores the impact of a large variety of zinc-based nanostructures on agri-food and environment sectors
  • Outlines how the properties of zinc-based nanostructures mean they are particularly efficient in environmental and agricultural application areas
  • Assesses the major challenges of synthesizing and processing zinc-based nanostructured materials


DV1: Fundamental Live Sciences, Plant Biology. DV2: Materials science and engineering, Micro and Nanotechnologies

Table of Contents

  • 1 Zinc-based nanostructures for sustainable applications in agroecology: A note from the editor

    PART I: Synthesis

    2 Biogenic synthesis of Ag-ZnO nanocomposites: Characterization, mechanisms, and applications
    3 Plant-mediated biosynthesis and characterization of zinc oxide nanoparticles
    4 Microbe-mediated synthesis of zinc oxide nanoparticles
    5 Biogenic synthesis of zinc nanostructures: Characterization and mechanisms
    6 Green synthesized Zn-based catalysts

    PART II: Agricultural applications

    7 Applications of zinc oxide nanoparticles as an antimicrobial agent in the food packaging industry
    8 Zinc nanomaterials: Synthesis, antifungal activity, and mechanisms
    9 Zinc oxide nanomaterials as antimicrobial agents for food applications
    10 Zinc oxide nanostructures as effective pesticide controllers: Sensing and degradation of pesticides
    11 Photocatalytic degradation kinetics of pesticide residues in environmental soils using zinc ferrite nanoparticles
    12 Zinc nanomaterial applications in agroecosystems
    13 Zinc nanomaterials: A safe tool for postharvest disease management
    14 Effects of zinc-oxide nanoparticles on soil microbial community and their functionality
    15 Zinc nanostructure applications in agriculture
    16 Role of zinc oxide nanoparticles in mediating abiotic stress responses in plant
    17 Zinc oxide nanoparticles: Physiological and molecular responses in plants
    18 ZnO nanostructures for food packaging applications
    19 Zinc nanomaterials: A safe animal feed supplement
    20 Zinc nanostructures: Detection and elimination of toxigenic fungi and mycotoxins

    PART III: Environmental applications

    21 Impact of zinc nanoparticles on aquatic ecosystems: Risks and benefits
    22 Zinc nanostructures: Toxicity, safety, and regulation in agroecosystems
    23 Zinc nanoparticles in marine environments: An overview
    24 ZnO-based nanoparticles for wastewater treatment: A review
    25 Zinc nanomaterials: Toxicological effects and veterinary applications
    26 Zinc oxide-based nanomaterials for photocatalytic degradation of environmental and agricultural pollutants
    27 Ecotoxicological effects of zinc-oxide nanoparticles on test organisms from soil micro- and mesofauna
    28 Zinc-based nanomaterials: Biosafety, risk management, and regulatory aspects

Product details

  • No. of pages: 676
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: May 22, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128228364
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128236567

About the Editor

Kamel Abd-Elsalam

Dr Kamel Ahmed Abd-Elsalam is a Research Professor, specialising in molecular plant pathologist in the Agricultural Research Center at the Plant Pathology Research Institute, Egypt. His areas of research are plant pathogenic fungi, using a polyphasic approach based on multilocus phylogeny (gene-barcoding) and its correlation with polyphasic characters. His current research interests include developing, improving and deploying plant biosecurity diagnostic platforms and response tools, understanding and exploiting pathogen genomes and developing new nanotechnology-based platforms and materials.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Professor, Agricultural Research Center, Plant Pathology Research Institute, Egypt

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