Nanosensor technology applied to living plant systems

Seon Yeong Kwak, Min Hao Wong, Tedrick Thomas Salim Lew, Gili Bisker, Michael A. Lee, Amir Kaplan, Juyao Dong, Albert Tianxiang Liu, Volodymyr B. Koman, Rosalie Sinclair, Catherine Hamann, Michael S. Strano

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An understanding of plant biology is essential to solving many long-standing global challenges, including sustainable and secure food production and the generation of renewable fuel sources. Nanosensor platforms, sensors with a characteristic dimension that is nanometer in scale, have emerged as important tools for monitoring plant signaling pathways and metabolism that are nondestructive, minimally invasive, and capable of real-time analysis. This review outlines the recent advances in nanotechnology that enable these platforms, including the measurement of chemical fluxes even at the single-molecule level. Applications of nanosensors to plant biology are discussed in the context of nutrient management, disease assessment, food production, detection of DNA proteins, and the regulation of plant hormones. Current trends and future needs are discussed with respect to the emerging trends of precision agriculture, urban farming, and plant nanobionics.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-140
Number of pages28
JournalAnnual Review of Analytical Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 12 2017
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-06-08
Acknowledgements: This work was supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, under award grant number DE-FG02-08ER46488 Mod 0008. M.H.W. and T.T.S.L. are supported on a graduate fellowship by the Agency of Science, Research and Technology Singapore. M.A.L. is supported by a fellowship from the Simons Center for the Social Brain at MIT and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. V.B.K. is supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (project No. P2ELP3-162149).
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.

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  • Analytical Chemistry


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