DESCRIPTION OF COURSES
ENT 512 NANOTECHNOLOGY IN CROP PROTECTION (2 L+ 1P) II
(Multi-disciplinary : Agric. Chemicals, Plant Pathology, Nematology, Microbiology)
To enable students to acquire expertise and skill to develop agrochemical formulations with nanoparticles and to acquaint them with nanotechnology
Introduction: History of nanotechnology – Origin, fundamental concepts, and molecular perspective, Nanomaterials: formation, stability and quality. Application of nanotechnology in agricultural chemicals, bio-pesticides, carriers, surfactants, formulation auxiliaries plant nutrients and related materials
Effect of bioactive nano-materials on insect pests and beneficial insects. (2 Lectures, Entomology)
Different types of nano-compounds and their use in the management of plant disease incited by pathogenic fungi , bacteria and viruses with special reference to copper, sulfur etc, Interaction of bioactive nano- materials on plant pathogens including fungi, bacteria, virus etc (3 lectures, Plant Pathology).
Nematodes: Plant pathogenic and entomopathogenic nematodes, life cycle, Efficacy of nano chemicals against nematodes, Biotoxins from Xenorhabdus and Photorhabdus. Identification and quantification of biotoxins effective in nano-doses. (3 lectures, Nematology).
Microbes: Microbes of agricultural importance. Life cycle: genesis, growth, reproduction, identification and quantification. Nanotechnological application in microbilogy (3 lectures, Microbiology)
Nanomaterials: size, characterization, formation and stability. Tools for identification and quantitation: Particle size analyzers, nanosizers, scanning microscopes of different types. Development of nano-materials: Bottom-up and top-down approach: Chemical synthesis, sol-gel and emulsion polymerization techniques, wet milling, nano-milling. Stabilization of nanoparticles. Regulations and quality control.
Identifications, and quantification of agricultural chemicals in conventional and nano formulations, Size determination, Quality of nano-formulations: Cold test, emulsion stability test, and suspensibility tests.