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SNNI Researchers featured in Capital Press

Small technology offers big reward


Capital Press

Tiny, highly specialized tools known as nanoparticles have the potential to transform agriculture and make current "precision ag" devices look like blunt implements in comparison.

Nanotechnology in farming is in its infancy but researchers envision a multitude of uses for nanoparticles -- structures so diminutive they can affect the function of living organisms much more precisely than current agricultural chemistry.

As with pesticides and genetic engineering, however, the prospect of nanotechnology pervading agriculture also makes it a fertile subject for controversy.

Consumers may be reluctant to ingest novel particles with a relatively short history of scientific analysis, while critics worry that existing regulatory structures are inadequate to oversee the new technology. ... 

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