Microneedle Technologies for Food and Crop Health: Recent Advances and Future Perspectives

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Faraji Rad, Zahra. 2023. "Microneedle Technologies for Food and Crop Health: Recent Advances and Future Perspectives." Advanced Engineering Materials. 25 (4). https://doi.org/10.1002/adem.202201194
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Microneedle Technologies for Food and Crop Health: Recent Advances and Future Perspectives

ERA Journal ID4863
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorFaraji Rad, Zahra
Journal TitleAdvanced Engineering Materials
Journal Citation25 (4)
Article Number2201194
Number of Pages14
Year2023
Place of PublicationGermany
ISSN1438-1656
1527-2648
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/adem.202201194
Web Address (URL)https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/adem.202201194
Abstract

The global food supply constantly faces the threats of emerging crop diseases initiated by pathogens such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Plant diseases can cause significant economic and production losses in the agriculture industry, and early disease detection significantly mitigates losses. Monitoring the food quality and detecting pathogens during the food supply chain is essential in confirming the food's safety and reducing crop loss. This results in lowering production costs and increasing average yield in the agriculture industry. Considering the significant development of nanotechnology in biomedicine for human health monitoring, diagnostics, and treatment, there is an increasing interest in using nanotechnology in crop production, health, and plant science. This technology can allow continuous monitoring of plant health and on-site diagnostics of plant diseases. While many microneedle-based devices are previously reported for human health monitoring, diagnostics, and treatment, the application of this technology to agriculture started relatively recently. This review investigates the recent development of microneedle technology in food and crop health, where the most state-of-the-art microneedle-based devices are utilized for plant drug delivery, disease monitoring, and diagnosis. Finally, the current challenges and future directions in developing microneedle technology for food and crop health are discussed.

Keywordsglobal food supply; crop disease; food quality; monitoring; microneedle technology
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020300101. Agricultural biotechnology diagnostics (incl. biosensors)
401807. Nanomaterials
300607. Food technology
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Engineering
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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