The technology of 'all things small' could provide a big boost to Polish agriculture
Poland has a long history of agriculture and forestry. More than half of its land is devoted to farming, most of which are small family farms struggling to stay competitive. Nanotechnology could provide much needed support, increasing crop production with technologies for controlled release of agrochemicals such as fertilisers and pesticides or targeted delivery of biomolecules for control of gene expression. The EU-funded NANOPLANT project is adding a Department of Plant Nanotechnology to the existing plant genetics department at a leading Polish university, bringing in world-class experts and updating facilities. Working together, the two could become the dynamic duo of Polish agriculture, fostering cutting-edge research collaborations within the university, with other institutions and with the private sector.
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