For the past decades, global markets for nanotechnology have been growing at a considerable rate, in line with the application for the agriculture industrial division. A large proportion of people face daily food shortages as a result of environmental impacts, while in the developed world there is a food surplus. The drive is to develop drought and pest resistant crops, which also maximize yield. Nanotechnology has the potential to revolutionize the agricultural industry with new tools for detecting diseases, enhancing plants ability to absorb nutrient, minimizing nutrient losses in fertilization, and increasing yields through optimized nutrient management. Such nanoparticles as silver and titanium dioxide, with unique chemical, physical, and mechanical properties, are the most common nanomaterials reported in the nanotechnology-based products of agriculture sector which improve foliage of plants, develop stress tolerance, prolong shelf life of products, and enhance nutrient efficiency from soil.
Nano-based products of the agriculture industry are classified into the following subdivisions:
1. Animal Husbandry
3. Plant Growth Regulation
4. Plant Protection
5. Soil Improvement
The keywords used to build up the agriculture industry nanoproducts database are as follows:
Nano + Food ingredients, additives, packaging, improved packeging, active packeging, intelligent packeging, smart packaging, nutritional supplements, nutrients, tastes, flavours, and textures of food, fat, salt, sugar, preservatives, bioavailability, freshness, traceability, food safety, food maintenance, nutraceuticals, flavours, stabilisers, antibacterials, nano-membranes, nano-filters, novel food packaging, sensing and warning devices, functional foods, pathogen and contaminant sensors, environmental monitors, synthetic food, nano-tea, slim-shake chocolate, antimicrobials, and barrier materials.