Nanotechnology promotes the R&D of new-generation micronutrient foliar fertilizers

Li, Peng, Du, Yumei, Huang, Longbin, Mitter, Neena and Xu, Zhi Ping (2016) Nanotechnology promotes the R&D of new-generation micronutrient foliar fertilizers. RSC Advances, 6 73: 69465-69478. doi:10.1039/C6RA09428G


Author Li, Peng
Du, Yumei
Huang, Longbin
Mitter, Neena
Xu, Zhi Ping
Title Nanotechnology promotes the R&D of new-generation micronutrient foliar fertilizers
Journal name RSC Advances   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2046-2069
Publication date 2016-07-12
Year available 2016
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1039/C6RA09428G
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 6
Issue 73
Start page 69465
End page 69478
Total pages 14
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Royal Society of Chemistry
Language eng
Abstract Foliar fertilizers have attracted increasing attention over the last few decades as they offer the most efficient way to correct micronutrient deficiencies and enhance the product yield and quality of crops and plants. The micronutrients are essential to physiological functions in plant metabolism, and leaf uptake has been extensively studied as a biological process, however, the mediating factors are still unsolved. This review presents the current efforts of chemical engineers and nanomaterial scientists to solve the problems by taking the advantages of nanotechnology and designing and developing new-generation long-term foliar micronutrient fertilizers. The important physiological functions of the most important micronutrients (zinc, manganese, copper, and iron) have been briefly reviewed to illustrate the significance of the relevant research. Current foliar fertilizers have then been assessed in terms of their solubility, morphology and surface properties. The new screening criteria of new-generation micronutrient foliar fertilizers have been put forward from the viewpoints of material engineers, and our recent research efforts using nanotechnology to design and develop new foliar fertilizers have been summarised. Finally, our opinions for further development of long-term micronutrient foliar fertilizers have been proposed based on the nanotechnology.
Keyword Foliar fertilizers
Micronutrient deficiencies
Product yield
Plant metabolism
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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