Recent Advances on Lignocellulosic-Based Nanopesticides for Agricultural Applications

Pedro Henrique Correia de Lima, Débora Ribeiro Antunes, Mariana Monteiro de Lima Forini, Montcharles da Silva Pontes, Bruno Dufau Mattos, Renato Grillo*

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Controlled release systems of agrochemicals have been developed in recent years. However, the design of intelligent nanocarriers that can be manufactured with renewable and low-cost materials is still a challenge for agricultural applications. Lignocellulosic building blocks (cellulose, lignin, and hemicellulose) are ideal candidates to manufacture ecofriendly nanocarriers given their low-cost, abundancy and sustainability. Complexity and heterogeneity of biopolymers have posed challenges in the development of nanocarriers; however, the current engineering toolbox for biopolymer modification has increased remarkably, which enables better control over their properties and tuned interactions with cargoes and plant tissues. In this mini-review, we explore recent advances on lignocellulosic-based nanocarriers for the controlled release of agrochemicals. We also offer a critical discussion regarding the future challenges of potential bio-based nanocarrier for sustainable agricultural development.

Original languageEnglish
Article number809329
JournalFrontiers in Nanotechnology
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2021
MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal


  • biopolymers
  • circular bioeconomy
  • lignocellulosic materials
  • nano-enabled agriculture
  • nanopesticides
  • nanotechnology
  • sustainable agriculture


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