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Nanoformulation of Insecticides - Novel Products

The ever increasing human population and subsequent worldwide demand for food has urged for a better protection of agricultural crops from the infestation by different groups of insects. This initiated the intervention of modern techniques for the development of novel strategies of plant protection. Over the past decade, there has been a considerable amount of active research on the possible application of nanotechnology in the current agricultural practices including development of novel plant-protection products. In particular, designing of nanoformulation of different insecticides has emerged at high speed and which can be basically attributed to the fact that the composition of many conventional insecticides are feebly water soluble and require a delivery system for their application in the field. Compared to bulk substances, nano-insecticides have many added advantages such as: (a) less environmental contamination through reduction in pesticide application rates and reduced losses; (b) enhanced efficiency of chemical and natural insecticides by controlled release; (c) renders insecticides more susceptible to photodegradation; (d) easy/safe handling with reduced toxicity risks to animals and; (e) less toxicity towards non-target organisms compared with bulk. Among other benefits, nanoformulation of many natural insecticides (e.g. neem oil) has protected them from premature degradation in the environment and thus helped in delivering maximum impacts on the target organisms.

Citation: Das RK, Sarma SJ, Brar SK, Verma M (2014) Nanoformulation of Insecticides - Novel Products. J Biofertil Biopestici 5:e120. doi: 10.4172/2155-6202.1000e120

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