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Researchers from Lincoln University are investigating how to use nanotechnology in agriculture to increase productivity and reduce environmental impact. Lincoln University Associate Professor in Animal Science Craig Bunt stated his team was looking to develop a ground-breaking nano-coating over the next three years which could be applied to fertiliser to control its rate of release into soil, and to seeds to control their timing of germination. This nano-coating could help prevent excessive nitrogen loss as well as allow multiple crops to be sown at once, one crop with uncoated seeds and one coated in order to delay germination until the first crop has matured and been harvested. Dr Bunt described the technology as a specific solution that could increase sustainability, enhances productivity, and for New Zealand would help improve yield and export revenue.
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