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Safe Copper Engineered for Release and Efficacy on Agricultural Land

Safe Copper Engineered for Release and Efficacy on Agricultural Land


The most recent scientific investigations in the field of sustainable nano-agrochemicals show that foliar application of copper
nanoparticles (CuNPs) to plant leaves can be new strategy to reduce Cu deficiency in wheat, decrease Cu bulk emissions to
the environment and reduce diseases (e.g. wheat leaf rust, tan spot, and Fusarium head blight) that are heavily affecting
wheat production sector in the EU and globally. Therefore, resolving the environmental fate of CuNPs after foliar application
will be an important step for their practical use. The goal of this Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowship and SafeCEREAL
project is to allow reliable assessment of environmental risks and benefits of using CuNPs in agriculture. Major research
targets are to investigate the complex interactions between CuNPs and wheat after foliar application (WP1), gain further
knowledge of the possible CuNPs’ interaction with soils under more realistic scenarios (WP2), and perform risk assessment
of CuNPs’ release to groundwater by reproducing environmentally relevant release scenarios (WP3). The achievement of
these goals requires a multidisciplinary approach including environmental nanotechnology and chemistry, plant physiology
and applied geophysics – all of which are part of the research conducted at the University of Novi Sad Faculty of Sciences,
Serbia, who will readily engage all its resources and mobilize its international partnerships. This fellowship will involve
carefully planned public outreach activities and focus on a wide range of transferable and technical skills that will strengthen
the Applicant, the Host, and the scientific community in the European Research Area and globally. Importantly, this project
will lead to greater professional maturity of the Applicant by providing her the interdisciplinary expertise to design, lead and
deliver future research projects; and identifying her as leading young scientist in the new area of research focused on
realistic scenarios.
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University of Novi Sad Faculty of Sciences


Trg Dositeja Obradovica 3
21000 Novi Sad


Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 140 021,76

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 832713


Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    1 September 2019

  • End date

    31 August 2021

Funded under:


  • Overall budget:

    € 140 021,76

  • EU contribution

    € 140 021,76

Coordinated by:

University of Novi Sad Faculty of Sciences