A high-throughput and non-invasive method to screen nanostructure penetration in plant tissues as part of Smart Crop Technology (SCT) development

Posted on 27.09.2023 | Last Modified 27.09.2023
Lead Researcher (PI): Justin Pahara
Institution: Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
Total WGRF Funding: $454,839
Co-Funders: None
Start Date: 2023
Project Length: 2 Years

Research and develop a non-invasive, high throughput, imaging-based methodology to determine nanoparticle (NP) tissue/cell penetration in plants. Develop quantum dot-based NPs to prototype crop application suspensions to test for plant tissue/cell penetration and be compatible with distance-dependent molecular energy exchange mechanism. Develop software algorithms, that when applied to images will differentiate between non-penetration, tissue penetration, and cell penetration.