An alternative to synthetic pesticides composed of active ingredients diluted into nanoemulsions and existing biopesticides. It controls insects, fungi, weeds, and other pests in an eco-friendly and economical approach.
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A biopesticide with low toxicity rates, composed of active natural ingredients diluted in nanoemulsions and existing biopesticides, such as neem, juniper, garlic essential oils, and a variety of plant extracts. Nano-biopesticides are anti-fungal and anti-insecticidal agents that act as pest control in agriculture, horticulture, and forestry and are also helpful for city-based pest control, such as cockroaches.

The preparation of nano-biopesticides happens through adsorption, attachment, entrapment, and encapsulation techniques. Their particles are smaller and lighter than current synthetic pesticides and can cover a broader surface area. Also, one of its key benefits is the precision in pest targeting, which reduces the risk of unintended harm to other organisms in the environment. Additionally, because the biological agents used in nano-biopesticides are naturally occurring, they tend to be safer for humans and the environment than traditional chemical pesticides. With minimal environmental impact and lower costs, there is a high interest in broadly implementing this solution.

Nano-biopesticides have the potential to solve several problems associated with traditional chemical pesticides, such as the development of resistance in pests, the harmful effects on non-target organisms, and the persistence of the chemicals in the environment. They may also reduce the need for multiple applications, as they can release the biological agent over an extended period of time.

Future Perspectives

Nanobiopesticides could be embedded within biosensors. This would help detect signs of diseases and identify which crops demand more or less nano-biopesticides to yield. Also, this solution could be applied with the help of precision farming techniques to provide an even more targeted substance application. As a result, nano-biopesticides are expected to provide significant improvements in closed-loop systems, benefiting both food quality and safety, as well as human health and natural life preservation.

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Nanotechnology is science of manipulating materials at nano-scale. It is working with the smallest possible particles which raise hopes for improving agricultural productivity through encountering problems unsolved conventionally. In the management aspects, efforts are made to increase the efficiency of applied fertilizer with the help of nano clays and zeolites and restoration of soil fertility by releasing fixed nutrients. In the controlled environment agriculture and precision farming input requirement of crops are diagnosed based on needs and required quantities are delivered in right time at right place with the help of nano biosensor and satellite system. Nanoherbicides are being developed to address the problems in perennial weed management and exhausting weed seed bank. Nano structured formulation through mechanisms such as targeted delivery or slow/controlled release mechanisms and conditional release, could release their active ingredients in response to environmental triggers and biological demands more precisely. Studies show that the use of nanofertilizers causes an increase in nutrients use efficiency, reduces soil toxicity, minimizes the potential negative effects associated with over dosage and reduces the frequency of the application. Hence, nanotechnology has a high potential for achieving sustainable agriculture, especially in developing countries.
Over the past 50 years, crop protection has relied heavily on synthetic chemical pesticides, but their availability is now declining as a result of new legislation and the evolution of resistance in pest populations. Therefore, alternative pest management tactics are needed. Biopesticides are pest management agents based on living micro-organisms or natural products. They have proven potential for pest management and they are being used across the world. However, they are regulated by systems designed originally for chemical pesticides that have created market entry barriers by imposing burdensome costs on the biopesticide industry. There are also significant technical barriers to making biopesticides more effective. In the European Union, a greater emphasis on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as part of agricultural policy may lead to innovations in the way that biopesticides are regulated. There are also new opportunities for developing biopesticides in IPM by combining ecological science with post-genomics technologies. The new biopesticide products that will result from this research will bring with them new regulatory and economic challenges that must be addressed through joint working between social and natural scientists, policy makers and industry.
In the current scenario, it is an urgent requirement to satisfy the nutritional demands of the rapidly growing global population. Using conventional farming, nearly one-third of the crops get damaged mainly due to pest infestation, microbial attacks, natural disasters, poor soil quality, and lesser nutrient availability. More innovative technologies are immediately required to overcome these issues. In this regard, nanotechnology has contributed to the agrotechnological revolution that has imminent potential to reform the resilient agricultural system, while promising food security. Therefore, nanoparticles are becoming a new-age material to transform modern agricultural practices. The variety of nanoparticles-based formulations, including, nano-sized pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, fertilizers, and sensors, have been widely investigated for plant health management and soil improvement. In-depth understanding of plant and nanomaterial interactions opens new avenues towards improving crop practices through increased properties like disease resistance, crop yield, and nutrient utilization. In this review, we highlight the critical points to address the current nanotechnology-based agricultural research that could benefit productivity and food security in future.
cademic interest in plant natural products with insecticidal properties has continued to grow in the past 20 years, while commercialization of new botanical insecticides and market expansion of existing botanicals has lagged considerably behind. Insecticides based on pyrethrum and neem (azadirachtin) continue to be standard bearers in this class of pesticides, but globally, their increased presence is largely a consequence of introduction into new jurisdictions. Insecticides based on plant essential oils are just beginning to emerge as useful plant protectants. Some countries (such as Turkey, Uruguay, the United Arab Emirates, and Australia) have relaxed regulatory requirements for specific plant extracts and oils, while in North America and the European Union, stricter requirements have slowed progress toward commercialization of new products. Botanicals are likely to remain niche products in many agricultural regions and may have the greatest impact in developing countries in tropical regions where the source plants are readily available and conventional products are both expensive and dangerous to users.
An innovative nanosized natural pesticide based on neem seeds was developed. The resulting nanobiopesticide (NBP) was synthesized by entangling neem seed extract on chitosan cross-linked with succinic anhydride via ultrasonic treatment following purification. Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR), ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis), and dynamic light scattering (DLS) spectrophotometers were used to characterize the resulting NBP, and its stability was observed against changes in pH, temperature and UV radiation. © Joeniarti E., Susilo A., Ardiarini N., Indrasari N., Fahmi M., 2019.
Crop protection is the basis of plant production and food security. Additionally, there are many efforts focused on increasing defensive mechanisms in order to avoid the damaging effects of insects, which still represent significant losses worldwide. Plants have naturally evolved different mechanisms to discourage herbivory, including chemical barriers such as the induction of defensive proteins and secondary metabolites, some of which have a historical link with bio-farming practices and others that are yet to be used. In the context of global concern regarding health and environmental impacts, which has been translated into political action and restrictions on the use of synthetic pesticides, this review deals with a description of some historical commercial phytochemicals and promising proteinaceous compounds that plants may modulate to defeat insect attacks. We present a broader outlook on molecular structure and mechanisms of action while we discuss possible tools to achieve effective methods for the biological control of pests, either by the formulation of products or by the development of new plant varieties with enhanced chemical defenses.
A survey of the new environmentally safe strategies used for insect control is presented. The survey includes mating disruption, pheromone antagonists as chemical communication inhibitors, pheromones and plant-based volatiles, attractant-and-kill, and push-pull strategies. Important successes have been obtained, particularly in mating disruption with significant reduction in pesticide use in low to moderate pest infestations. One important factor of concern is the high cost of semiochemicals and formulations containing them in comparison to the conventional insecticide treatments, and a combined effort by scientists, producers, and farmers should be made to reduce the cost of application of these semiochemicals.
Pest affects plants in nature worldwide, leading to excess use of mineral fertilizers and toxic pesticides, effecting environments, plants, animal and causes serious health problems to farmers. The indiscriminate use of bio pesticide has led pest resistance, reduce soil fertility and finally there is an emergence of novel product to intercept the pest situation. Nanoscience a new discipline have great deal of application in various fields and may also be useful in agrochemical and plant protection area to control pest to considerable extent. Until now, nanoparticles were used in formulation of nano based pesticides and insecticides, encapsulated nanoparticles, nanoparticle-mediated gene or DNA transfer in plants and bio sensors for remote sensing for precision farming. The nanopesticides of biological origin named as bio- nanopesticide could be fabricated using any metal such as Ag, Cu, SiO2, ZnO with broad-spectrum pest protection efficiency. However, extensive research and spectrum of various field studies are specially required to develop understanding of interaction between nanoparticles, microorganisms, soil, plants and humans. In present paper, a critical analysis is addressed in a problem of pest in field and usage of conventional solution and nano bio pesticides for applications in crop protection systems.
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Biological control comprises various technologies of which one option is the use of botanical products. Many kinds of plant species and technologies have been used in the production of botanical pesticides. Some but not many of the plant-based pesticides have already become established plant protection products
Excess use of chemical pesticides in agriculture assisting the accomplishment of agri-food production targets. But, indiscriminate use of chemical pesticide is the serious concern for environment and human, which deteriorating the soil health, nutritional quality of food and increasing resistance in phyto-pathogens and pests. Nanotechnology provided the sustainable solution in this regard by development of nanopesticide. In the current review, we explored the development of nano-pesticides and their impact on agricultural practices. We also summarized type of nano-pesticides, advantages and drawbacks of nanopesticide application and their future possibilities.
Essential oils from five Morrocan plants belonging to different botanical families (Asteraceae, Myrtaceae and Cupressaseae), were prepared by hydrodistillation.  These essential oils, which have a long tradition in adjuvant therapy, were tested for insecticidal activity by the method of microcomputer-atmosphere against three major pests of stored products: Rhyzopertha dominica
Carvacrol and linalool are natural compounds extracted from plants and are known for their insecticidal and repellent activities, respectively. However, their low aqueous solubility, high photosensitivity, and high volatility restrict their application in the control of agricultural pests.
Pesticides and fertilizers are widely used to enhance agriculture yields, although the fraction of the pesticides applied in the field that reaches the targets is less than 0.1%. Such indiscriminate use of chemical pesticides is disadvantageous due to the cost implications and increasing human health and environmental concerns. In recent years, the utilization of nanotechnology to create novel formulations has shown great potential for diminishing the indiscriminate use of pesticides and providing environmentally safer alternatives. Smart nano-based pesticides are designed to efficiently delivery sufficient amounts of active ingredients in response to biotic and/or abiotic stressors that act as triggers, employing targeted and controlled release mechanisms. This review discusses the current status of stimuli-responsive release systems with potential to be used in agriculture, highlighting the challenges and drawbacks that need to be overcome in order to accelerate the global commercialization of smart nanopesticides.
The round was led by Kibbutz Yotvata, a kibbutz located 25 miles (40 km) north of the Red Sea, with the participation of OurCrowd, the most successful crowdfunding platform in Israel, which was a previous investor.
The issue of environmental pollution has become a hot issue in today's world. Environmental pollution, mainly caused by toxic chemicals, includes air, water, and soil pollution. This pollution results not only in the destruction of biodiversity, but also the degradation of human health. Pollution levels that are increasing day by day need better developments or technological discoveries immediately. Nanotechnology offers many advantages to improve existing environmental technologies and create new technology that is better than current technology. In this sense, nanotechnology has three main capabilities that can be applied in the fields of environment, including the cleanup (remediation) and purification, the detection of contaminants (sensing and detection), and the pollution prevention.
Recent decades have witnessed major growth in the use of agrochemicals worldwide, – for maximizing the food production for a rapidly growing human population. However, the indiscriminate use of these substances especially the pesticides has led to the accumulation of toxic residues in food, soil, air, and water, as well as the development of resistance in pests. Moreover, pesticides affect soil enzymes, which are essential catalysts that govern soil quality. In order to meet the food security, it is necessary to produce more food, sustainably and safely, in a diminishing area of available arable land and with decreased water resources. Given this situation, there is an increased interest in the use of alternative substances to synthetic agrochemicals that present less risk to the environment and human health while increasing the food safety. Promising results have been obtained using compounds derived from aromatic plants for the control of agricultural pests. Such compounds of botanical origin can be highly effective, with multiple mechanisms of action, while at the same time having low toxicity towards nontarget organisms. However, the large-scale application of these substances for pest control is limited by their poor stability and other technological issues. In this backdrop, the present work discusses perspectives for the use of compounds of botanical origin, as well as strategies employing the encapsulation techniques that can contribute to the development of systems for use in sustainable agricultural practices.
Nanotechnology has gained popularity in recent years owing to its established potential for application and implementation in various sectors such as medical drugs, medicine, catalysis, energy, material, and plant science. Nanoparticles (NPs) are smaller in size (1–100 nm) with a larger surface area and have many fruitful applications. The extraordinary functions of NPs are utilized in sustainable agriculture due to nano-enabled products, e.g., nano-insecticides, nano-pesticides, and nano-fertilizers. Nanoparticles have lately been suggested as an alternate method for controlling plant pests such as insects, fungi, and weeds. Several NPs exhibit antimicrobial properties considered in food packaging processes; for example, Ag-NPs are commonly used for such purposes. Apart from their antimicrobial properties, NPs such as Si, Ag, Fe, Cu, Al, Zn, ZnO, TiO2, CeO2, Al2O3, and carbon nanotubes have also been demonstrated to have negative impacts on plant growth and development. This review examines the field-use of nano-enabled products in sustainable agriculture, future perspectives, and growing environmental concerns. The remarkable information on commercialized nano-enabled products used in the agriculture and allied sectors are also provided.
Laurus nobilis essential oils from Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco were analyzed for their chemical composition and assessed for their repellent and toxic activities against two major stored product pests: Rhyzopertha dominica and Tribolium castaneum. The three oils showed quantitative rather than qualitative differences in their chemical compositions. 1,8-cineole, linalool and isovaleraldehyde, were identified as the major common compounds whereas, α-pinene, α-terpineol, eugenylmethylether, β-pinene, spathulenol and β-myrcene were also well represented in all three oils. Results showed that L. nobilis essential oils were repellant and toxic to adults of R. dominica and T. castaneum. Repellent and fumigant toxicities were highly dependent upon insect species and oil origin.

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