Nanostructured liquid crystal particles as Next Generation agricultural bioactive delivery systems

  • Boyd, Benjamin (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Cahill, David (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Kam, Selena (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Larson, Ian (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Hay, Phillip (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Description

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.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date24/11/0931/12/14

Funding

  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD161,160.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD156,840.00
  • Nufarm Limited: AUD203,020.00
  • Deakin University