Special Issue "Recent Advances and Challenges of Nanotechnology in Food"

A special issue of Applied Nano (ISSN 2673-3501).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 January 2023) | Viewed by 2696

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Department of Management, Sapienza University of Rome, 00185 Rome, Italy
Interests: food quality; food safety; nanoparticles; nanomaterials; analytical chemistry; chemometrics; experimental design; multivariate analysis; sustainability; life cycle assessment; LCA; life cycle costing; LCC
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LMI CNRS UMR 5615, Université Lyon 1, 69622 Villeurbanne, France
Interests: biomechanics; silver nanoparticle antibiotic action; metal ions in epigenetics; bioactive supramolecular systems; 3D printing and biofilms
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The use of nanotechnology has expanded rapidly, from the first applications in materials to multiple sectors such as medical and pharmaceutical, electronic, and recently agro-food. In the food sector, nanotechnology can be applied in agricultural production, in the processing of foodstuffs, and in food-contact materials. In agronomy, nanotechnology has been used to recombine DNA and for the nano-modification of fertilizers and pesticides. Nanomaterials have also been widely used in nutraceuticals: nano-micelles for nutrient delivery, nanoencapsulation for the controlled release of nutrients (proteins, antioxidants, and flavors), and food fortification (with omega-3, fatty acids, lycopene, heme groups, beta-carotene, phytosterols). In the packaging sector, nanotechnologies have been used as barriers, coatings, and release tools; for the modification of permeability; for the growth of barrier properties (mechanical, thermal, chemical, and microbiological); to provide increased resistance; and to produce antimicrobial surfaces or hydro- or liporepellent surfaces.

Therefore, nanotechnologies are suitable for food control as well. Many uses are found, including the determination of contaminants and bioactive compounds (mycotoxins, pesticides, drug residues, allergens, probable carcinogenic compounds, bacteria, amino acids, gluten, antioxidants, etc.).

This Special Issue aims to collect original research papers and review articles addressing all areas mentioned above and all applications of nanotechnology in food.

Dr. Mattia Rapa
Dr. Anthony William Coleman
Guest Editors

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  • recombination of DNA
  • nano-modification of fertilizers and pesticides
  • nano-micelles for nutrient delivery
  • nano-encapsulation for the controlled release of nutrients
  • food fortification
  • nano barriers
  • nano coatings
  • contaminants determination
  • bioactive compounds determination

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Montmorillonite Nanoclay and Formulation with Satureja montana Essential Oil as a Tool to Alleviate Xanthomonas euvesicatoria Load on Solanum lycopersicum
Appl. Nano 2022, 3(3), 126-142; https://doi.org/10.3390/applnano3030009 - 04 Jul 2022
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Bacterial spot (BS) of tomato (S. lycopersicum), caused by Xanthomonas spp., namely X. euvesicatoria (Xeu), is one of the major threats for the production of this crop worldwide. Developing new biocontrol solutions against this disease will allow disease management strategies to [...] Read more.
Bacterial spot (BS) of tomato (S. lycopersicum), caused by Xanthomonas spp., namely X. euvesicatoria (Xeu), is one of the major threats for the production of this crop worldwide. Developing new biocontrol solutions against this disease will allow disease management strategies to be less based on Cu compounds. Nanoclays, such as montmorillonite (NMT), have been under investigation for their antimicrobial activity, or as delivery tools/stabilizers for organic compounds, such as essential oils (EOs), that also possess antimicrobial activity against plant pathogens. This work aims to assess how the application of NMT alone or incorporating S. montana EO on Xeu-infected hosts (var. Oxheart) affects the shoots’ redox status and antioxidant defense mechanisms. In vitro shoots, grown on Murashige and Skoog medium, were divided in two groups, Xeu-infected and uninfected (control) shoots. Shoots of each group were then treated with NMT, S. montana EO, EO-NMT. Results show that the NMT was able to reduce Xeu bacterial amount, while reducing ROS production and keeping the transcript levels of the defense-related genes close to those of the control. When applied to uninfected shoots, the treatments triggered the production of ROS and upregulated the phenylpropanoid and hormone pathway, which suggest that they act as defense elicitors. Globally, the results indicate that NMT has the potential to integrate BS management strategies, due to its antimicrobial activity, and that EO and/or nanoclays could be successfully employed as new disease preventive strategies, since they enhance the healthy shoots’ defense, thus potentially limiting the pathogen establishment. Full article
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