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April 13th, 2017 / Huffington Post, India

Considering the advancements in science and technology, nanotechnology is being visualised as a rapidly evolving field that has the potential to revolutionise agriculture and food systems. Nanotechnology, when applied as a tool, in tandem with other measures, can seek to address some of the world’s most critical sustainable development problems in the areas of water, energy, health, environment, agriculture, and biodiversity and ecosystem management (United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development, 2002). A UN Survey on potential applications of nanobiotechnology in developing countries identified agricultural productivity enhancement as the second-most critical area of application for attaining the millennium development goals. Nanobiotechnology has the potential to plug in the gaps mentioned above and revolutionise the agriculture and food industry with new tools for treatment and reduced occurrence of plant diseases, rapid disease diagnosis, enhancing productivity and availability of nutrients to plants. Precision farming methodologies will also be greatly influenced by nanotechnology, and can help reduce agricultural waste and environmental pollution. Read more