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Precision farming

The future of farming is Precision Agriculture, which takes into account the effects water, soil minerals and climatic conditions can have on the quality and production rate of a specific crop.

Originally developed by NASA to promote growth of plants in spaces for use by astronauts on extended voyages to Mars and beyond, the NGA-FX technology has far reaching applications for both NASA human space missions and represents potentially disruptive agricultural technology here on Earth.

The NGA-FX™ ionic nutrient delivery system can be used as a standalone product or in conjunction with other products, such as standard NPK fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides. NGA-FX is a more precise, customized way to maximize crop plant mineral nutrition, which results in a more robust crop with greater yields.

NGA-FX works through a balanced, super-efficient, micronutrient delivery system for agriculture, which distinguishes itself from all other fertilizers, supplements and soil amendments by utilizing a unique technology that is effective in infusing a “customized” amount of ionized minerals to be transported throughout the plant. NGA-FX delivers a diversity of nutrients, in measurably larger quantities than can be achieved through standard and traditional methods, and it is capable of substantially cutting costs with its versatile application possibilities and its reduction and/or replacement of multiple products.

Nano delivery

There are many regulatory restrictions placed on pesticides in agriculture today. Pesticides such as DDT, which have caused extreme environmental hazards, have increased public and regulatory awareness of the use of chemicals in farming, shifting the industry’s focus on to the use of integrated pest management systems, combining smarter and more targeted use of chemicals with granular monitoring of plant health. These agricultural systems can make excellent use of nanotech-enabled “smart” devices that can perform a dual role of being a preventive and early warning system. These devices can identify plant related health issues even before they become visible to the farmers and simultaneously provide remedial measures. These nanotech systems can also be used to monitor the delivery of chemicals. User-friendly and eco-friendly nano delivery systems for nutrients and pesticides have started to find their place in the market. These can allow the use of pesticides with the absolute minimum risk of environmental damage

nano delivery

Nanocapsules, nanoparticles, nanoemulsions and viral capsids as smart delivery systems of active ingredients for disease and pest control in plants

Nanoparticles carrying DNA or RNA to be delivered to plant cells for their genetic transformation or to trigger defence responses, activated by pathogens.

Nanomaterials, e.g. nano-clays, filtering and binding to a variety of toxic substances, including pesticides, to be removed from the environment

Nanomaterials, e.g. zeolites and nano-clays, for water or liquid agrochemicals retention in the soil for their slow release to the plants

Nanomaterials and nanostructures (e.g. electrochemically active carbon nanotubes, nanofibers and fullerenes) that are highly sensitive bio-chemical sensors to closely monitor environmental conditions, plant health and growth

Production of nanomaterials through the use of engineered plants or microbes and through the processing of waste agricultural products

Nanocapsules, nanoparticles and viral capsids for the enhancement of nutrients absorption by plants and the delivery of nutrients to specific sites