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Title: Carbon nanofibers suppress fungal inhibition of seed germination of maize (Zea mays) and barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) crop

Carbon nanofibers (CNFs) are one of allotropes of carbon, consists of graphene layers arrangement in the form of stacked cones or like a cup diameter in nanometer and several millimeters in length. Their extraordinary mechanical, chemical and electronic properties are due to their small size. CNFs have been successfully applied in field of medicine in variety of diagnostic methods. They proven to be an excellent system for drug delivery, tissue regeneration, biosensor etc. This research focuses the applications of CNFs in all fields of Agriculture. In the we treated some fungal disease seed of maize and barley using functionalised CNFs. We find that the tested seeds grow just as well as the healthy seeds whereas the untreated fungal disease seeds, by themselves show very poor germination and seedling growth. This simple experiment shows the extraordinary ability of Carbon nanofibers in carrying effectively inside the germinated seeds.
Authors:
;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4]
  1. Centre For Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Panjab University, Chandigarh (India)
  2. Department of Botany, Panjab University, Chandigarh (India)
  3. Dr. SS Bhatnagar University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Panjab University, Chandigarh (India)
  4. Department of Physics, Panjab University, Chandigarh (India)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22488843
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1675; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: AMRP-2015: 4. national conference on advanced materials and radiation physics, Longowal (India), 13-14 Mar 2015; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; BARLEY; CARBON FIBERS; CROPS; DRUGS; FUNGAL DISEASES; GERMINATION; GRAPHENE; INHIBITION; LAYERS; MAIZE; NANOSTRUCTURES; PLANT TISSUES; REGENERATION; SEEDLINGS; SEEDS