Biopolymer-based nanocarriers for sustained release of agrochemicals: A review on materials and social science perspectives for a sustainable future of agri- and horticulture

Thiago O. Machado, Justin Grabow, Claudia Sayer, Pedro H.H. de Araújo, Michel L. Ehrenhard*, Frederik R. Wurm*

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Abstract

Devastating plant diseases and soil depletion rationalize an extensive use of agrochemicals to secure the food production worldwide. The sustained release of fertilizers and pesticides in agriculture is a promising solution to the eco-toxicological impacts and it might reduce the amount and increase the effectiveness of agrochemicals administration in the field. This review article focusses on carriers with diameters below 1 μm, such as capsules, spheres, tubes and micelles that promote the sustained release of actives. Biopolymer nanocarriers represent a potentially environmentally friendly alternative due to their renewable origin and biodegradability, which prevents the formation of microplastics. The social aspects, economic potential, and success of commercialization of biopolymer based nanocarriers are influenced by the controversial nature of nanotechnology and depend on the use case. Nanotechnology's enormous innovative power is only able to unfold its potential to limit the effects of climate change and to counteract current environmental developments if the perceived risks are understood and mitigated.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102645
JournalAdvances in colloid and interface science
Volume303
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2022

Keywords

  • Biopolymer
  • Cellulose
  • Chitin
  • Drug delivery
  • Lignin
  • Nanocarrier
  • UT-Hybrid-D

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