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Recent Advances in Nanomaterials in Plant Biostimulation

Submission Deadline: 20 March 2023 (closed)

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Prof. Dr. Adalberto Benavides-Mendoza, Research Professor, Department of Horticulture, Antonio Narro Autonomous Agricultural University, Mexico.

Dr. Misbah Naz, Researcher, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, China.
misbahnaz.ray@yahoo.com; misbahnaz.ray@gmail.com

Dr. Julia Medrano-Macías, Researcher, Department of Horticulture, Antonio Narro Autonomous Agricultural University, Mexico.

Prof. Dr. Marcelino Cabrera-De la Fuente, Research Professor, Department of Horticulture, Antonio Narro Autonomous Agricultural University, Mexico.
Email: cafum7@yahoo.com


The use of biostimulants and plant biostimulation constitute a collection of activities and a biological process of rising relevance in agriculture globally. Different groups of biostimulants have been discovered and intensively studied, although nanomaterials are among the most recently considered. Until recently, most of the study on the biological impact of nanomaterials was dedicated to toxicology. However, the biostimulant-toxic dual nature of nanomaterials has recently been discovered, and it has been concluded that nanomaterials have a beneficial influence on agricultural plants in the proper concentrations.

The need to get adequate agricultural yield and quality to fulfill the rising population's demands under climate change urges us to create and invent new techniques to produce food in larger quantities, improving the efficiency of land and water usage efficiency. The use of nanomaterials as tools for the biostimulation of plants is one of the most innovative techniques accessible.

The above leads to the necessity for a special issue that addresses the developments in the biostimulation of plants using nanomaterials. The special issue explores multiple levels of biological organization, from the molecular standpoint to agricultural ecosystems. We invite to this special issue the research articles or reviews on utilizing of nanomaterials as biostimulants for boosting agricultural production or quality.


Nanobiostimulants; seed priming; nanopriming; elicitors; hormesis; nutraceutical quality; plant stress.

Published Papers

  • Open Access


    Development of micro/nanostructured‒based biomaterials with biomedical applications

    BIOCELL, Vol.47, No.8, pp. 1743-1755, 2023, DOI:10.32604/biocell.2023.027154
    (This article belongs to this Special Issue: Recent Advances in Nanomaterials in Plant Biostimulation)
    Abstract Natural biomaterials are now frequently used to build biocarrier systems, which can carry medications and biomolecules to a target region and achieve a desired therapeutic effect. Biomaterials and polymers are of great importance in the synthesis of nanomaterials. The recent studies have tended to use these materials because they are easily obtained from natural sources such as fungi, algae, bacteria, and medicinal plants. They are also biodegradable, compatible with neighborhoods, and non-toxic. Natural biomaterials and polymers are chemically changed when they are linked by cross linking agents with other polymers to create scaffolds, matrices, composites, and interpenetrating polymer networks employing… More >

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