We don’t talk about nanotechnology a lot on AgWeb, but maybe we should. After all, nanofilters and other tiny techs could greatly benefit the industry in the coming years.
For example, Michigan State University researchers are developing a nanofilter that can remove phosphorus from water and recapture it as fertilizer. Meanwhile, in Canada, researchers are coating fertilizer with a microscopic polymer that detects chemical signals from plant roots and reacts by releasing nitrogen as needed to the crop.
In time for the holidays, nanotechnology is flashing a more frivolous, fun side. Todd Simpson from the Western University Nanofabrication Facility in Ontario, Canada, has just created the world’s tiniest snowman, just three microns tall. That’s smaller than a red blood cell – and you can’t even see it without an electron microscope!
Simpson created this miniscule art using three silica spheres, and platinum arms and nose. He then carved eyes and mouth with an ion beam.
Want more microscopic merriment? The Nanofabrication Facility’s Tumblr is a pretty interesting look at everyday objects seen in extreme close up, including razor blades, paper, guitar strings and more. Take a look at http://nanofabrication.tumblr.com/.
And keep an eye out for more ways nanotechnology could be deployed in the agriculture industry!