The world is changing around us, and new advances are appearing all the time. However, if you’re a keen gardener, you probably think that at least your favorite hobby will stay pretty much the same. Yet you could be wrong. The arrival of nanotechnology has meant that the future of gardening looks set to go through some revolutionary changes.
What is Nanotechnology?
To understand what nanotechnology is, you’ll need to understand what a nanometer is. One nanometer measures a billionth of one meter. That’s absolutely tiny. In fact, when something is this small it cannot be seen by the naked eye. It can’t even be seen by a simple microscope. Nanotechnology involves manipulating matter of such a tiny size. So, what does all this have to do with your flower garden?
Nanotechnology And Plant Growth
Both amateur and professional gardeners have struggled for generations with fungal, mold and bacteria spores which can destroy the proliferation and healthy growth of a plant. Now, that could be a thing of the past thanks to nanotechnology.
A planter has now been developed which harnesses the power of this advanced technology to make growing flowers and other plants even easier for gardeners. The key to its success is in its OxiTitan outer coating which is capable of electrostatically trapping and killing all kinds of fungal spores, viruses and bacteria. It achieves this by producing hydroxyl radicals – a highly powerful oxidizer of organic matter.
How Does The OxiTitan Coating Work?
The plants have an outer OxiTitan coating which uses photocatalytic chemistry that constantly kills the unwanted fungal spores, viruses and bacteria while also reducing odors and VOCs. At the same time, its surface is self-cleaning and hygienic, making it effective for use both outdoors or indoors for maximum versatility. The nanotechnology is light energized and since it never wears out, it remains effective permanently. It is equally effective with both sunlight and indoor lighting acting as its primary energy source. The coating is also transparent and completely safe, so if you’re planning on growing edible produce in this planter you won’t have a problem.
The OxiTitan coating works to deactivate the dangerous microbes while stopping them from thriving and multiplying on your flowers. It works by damaging the microbes’ components via radical oxidation. For gardeners who are used to having to use heavy metals, dangerous pesticides or diluted chemical poisons to rid themselves of this problem, this new development is amazing news. All of this has been made possible through the use of nanotechnology.
Nanotechnology In Food Production
However, the use of nanotechnology in gardening doesn’t end there. There have been recent experiments with nanoparticles in an attempt to boost food production in order to meet the increasing nutrient needs of our planet without adding extra strain on natural resources and limited water supplies.
The result of the experiments was the use of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide nanoparticles which allowed plants to better absorb light and minerals for photosynthesis. These nanoparticles work as follows:
When plants grow, enzymes are released into the soil surrounding their roots to signal to the bacterial microbes inside the soil to convert nutrients into a form that the plant can use. However, plants are only capable of taking up around a fifth of these nutrients, with the rest being washed away or wasted. This new technique involves applying nanoparticles onto the plants’ leaves via a brand new aerolization technique. This increases the amount of nutrients that each plant can uptake.
Zinc is conventionally absorbed by plants as a nutrient to aid enzyme function. While titanium isn’t a typical nutrient absorbed by plants, it is known to boost photosynthesis by increasing both the level of chlorophyll in their lives and the amount of light absorbed. Interestingly, the residue of nanoparticles left in the plants used in this research was found to be less than that which is found in standard fertilizers.
While this research was focused on growing vegetables for human consumption, it’s also relevant for those who prefer to grow flowers too – after all, enzyme absorption works in the same way.
With transhumanism now becoming a pertinent issue across many elements of society, perhaps gardening will be the next area in which the latest developments will have a major effect.