Nano-devices and Nano-sensors for Agriculture & Environment

The world population is increasing alarmingly and is expected to reach 9-billion people by 2050. The pressure to supply food, water and energy to the burgeoning population without compromising on its quality and cost poses a serious problem. There is certainly a need for research to bring innovative solutions to support these sectors. One way, largely discussed globally is to move towards precision agriculture that would enable accurate and controlled growing of crops and raising livestock. The key components of precision/smart agriculture are nanodevices such as sensors, control systems, robots, drones, and automated and guided systems. Nanotechnology has immense potential to enable smart devices for improving plant productivity, optimize and automate water and agrochemical allocation, improve plant phenotyping, reduce crop loss due to environmental and pathogen related stresses, improve resource use efficiency, and monitor plant traits in real time with high spatial and temporal resolution. Nanotechnology offers promise to tap plant chemical signals and convert them to digital information through nanodevices that can be monitored in real-time.

The team at TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology centre is focused in developing

  • New generation efficient and low-cost nanodevices for agriculture management and enabling precision and smart agriculture solutions
  • Low-cost energy solutions and integration of energy with agriculture for sustainable food-water and energy security