Nanostructured liquid crystal particles have shown potential as a novel technology to improve the retention and uptake of agricultural agents by plants. This collaboration between Monash University, Deakin University and Nufarm Ltd will develop a fundamental understanding of the link between particle properties, adhesion and the effect on leaf surface structure, and their ability to improve agent uptake while retaining the plant s natural defensive cuticular barrier. The significance of this project lies in step-change improvement in environmental and economic benefits, including lower overall pesticide and water usage, and reduced pesticide resistance through improved efficiency of use of agricultural chemicals.
|Effective start/end date||24/11/09 → 31/12/14|
- Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD161,160.00
- Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD156,840.00
- Nufarm Limited: AUD203,020.00
- Deakin University