NanoFARM- Fate and Effects of Agriculturally Relevant Materials


Gregory Lowry

Investigador Responsável CESAM

Susana Loureiro




01/03/2016 - 28/02/2019

Financiamento para o CESAM

124920 €

Financiamento Total

968394 €

Instituição Proponente

Carnegie Mellon University

Instituições Participantes

  • University of Kentucky (UKy)
  • University of Vienna (UNIVIE)


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While development of nano-enabled agricultural chemicals is proceeding apace, properties of these manufactured nanomaterials (MNMs) in the environment make predicting their fate in soils impossible using the risk assessment framework for traditional chemicals. This project will modify the existing fate modelling paradigms by systematically determining how agricultural MNM properties, applied concentration, spatial distribution and temporal behaviour in different soil types, influence MNM uptake by important crop plants, toxicity, multigenerational effects on soil organisms, bioaccumulation/trophic transfer, and potential for ecological impacts.  We will also develop necessary methods to track and characterize MNMs in soil at realistic concentrations, and develop a simple test for measuring dissolution rate and distribution between soil pore water and solids to predict the observed fate and effects, key assays for validating theoretical relationships developed herein.

membros do CESAM no projeto

Armando da Costa Duarte

Professor Catedrático Aposentado

Joana Tavares Neves

Estudante de Doutoramento

Maria D. Pavlaki

Investigadora Doutorada

Rui Guilherme da Costa Morgado

Investigador Doutorado

Sandra Rodrigues

Estudante de Doutoramento

Susana Patrícia Mendes Loureiro

Professora Associada com Agregação