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November 25th, 2012

Scientists eye nanotechnologies to boost crop yields

Abstract:
Nanotechnologies that deliver fertilisers to plants offer promising ways of improving farm productivity while reducing the risk of water contamination. But the scientists behind a new Swiss-funded study caution that while the technology is still evolving, potential risks must be considered.

The European Union's Horizon 2020 research programme proposes heavy investment in developing materials and machines that are built from an atomic or molecular scale, with the European Commission proposing some €6 billion in financing for nano and other advanced technologies.

A UN Food and Agriculture Organization conference held earlier this year in Rome identified nanotechnology as potentially having "significant benefits" for food security in a world facing a population rise from 7 billion now to 9 billion in 2050.

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