Engineers at UC San Diego have sprinkled some innovation in agriculture by developing nanoparticles from plant viruses. These tiny wonders can carry pesticides deep into the soil, giving nematodes a run for their life and bringing smiles to farmers.
Nematodes, hiding in the roots, had it easy until now, as pesticides stayed on top, making farmers use more and risk the environment. But with these friendly virus nanoparticles, it’s a game-changer. Harmless to crops, they take pesticides right where they’re needed, solving the nematode problem sustainably.
The creation process is as cool as it sounds. A mix of nanoparticles and pesticides, a bit of heat, and voila – spherical particles filled with pesticide goodness. No change in chemical structure means a faster path to being used widely.
The star of this story, the tobacco mild green mosaic virus, already has EPA’s nod, making the journey smoother. Lab tests have been promising – these nanoparticles can reach 10 centimeters into the soil and deal with nematodes effectively.
There’s more testing to be done, but the potential is sky-high. With planned partnerships and research, this tech is on its way to becoming a real product. It’s a win for sustainability, ensuring our food comes from fields where nature is respected and nurtured! Source : wisconsinagconnection