Nanotechnology can improve input use efficiency: Expert

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Dr S.S Kukal, Director EMNL, emphasised that this science still being at the stage of infancy, has to do a lot in order to achieve success in improving input use efficiency. 

Ludhiana, October 7, 2014: “Nanotechnology can play a big role in improving input use efficiency,” observed Dr M.S Sidhu, a former research scholar from University of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea, while delivering a talk on “Implications of Nanotechnology in Agriculture” at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). The lecture was organised by Indian Society of NanoScience and Nanotechnology in Agriculture (ISNNA), Electron Microscopy and Nanoscience Laboratory (EMNL), PAU, Ludhiana.
Dr Sidhu explained the role of nanotechnology in agriculture and related applications such as nano-formulations of agro-chemicals for applying pesticides and fertilizers for crop improvement; application of nano-sensors/nano-biosensors in crop protection for the identification of diseases and residues of agro-chemicals; nano-devices for the genetic manipulation of plants; etc. Dr. Sidhu also discussed his research based on laser assisted manipulation of Lillium pollen surface by creating nanohole to allow transfection of foreign DNA. He discussed how the optical coherence tomography could be utilized for live cell imaging or even non-invasive sectioning could be possible for seeds or plant sections. The speaker responded all the queries of the audience.
Dr S.S Kukal, Director EMNL, thanked the speaker for enlightening the audience about the recent research and the upcoming techniques used in agri-nanotechnology. Dr Kukal emphasised that this science still being at the stage of infancy, has to do a lot in order to achieve success in improving input use efficiency. He stated that Punjab Agricultural University is making consistent efforts in creating infrastructure in this field so as to use this technology in increasing agricultural production in the state.
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Date: 
Tuesday, October 7, 2014