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    Agricultural soil pollution with potentially toxic trace elements (PTEs) has emerged as a significant environmental concern, jeopardizing food safety and human health. Although, conventional remediation approaches have been used for PTEs-contaminated soils treatment; however, these techniques are toxic, expensive, harmful to human health, and can lead to environmental contamination. Nano-enabled agriculture has gained significant attention as a sustainable approach to improve crop production and food security. Silicon nanomaterials (SiNMs) have emerged as a promising alternative for PTEs-contaminated soils remediation. SiNMs have unique characteristics, such as higher chemical reactivity, higher stability, greater surface area to volume ratio and smaller size that make them effective in removing PTEs from the environment. The review discusses the recent advancements and developments in SiNMs for the sustainable remediation of PTEs in agricultural soils. The article covers various synthesis methods, characterization techniques, and the potential mechanisms of SiNMs to alleviate PTEs toxicity in plant-soil systems. Additionally, we highlight the potential benefits and limitations of SiNMs and discusses future directions for research and development. Overall, the use of SiNMs for PTEs remediation offers a sustainable platform for the protection of agricultural soils and the environment. Copyright © 2023 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


    Temoor Ahmed, Muhammad Noman, Yetong Qi, Shengchun Xu, Yanlai Yao, Hafiza Ayesha Masood, Natasha Manzoor, Muhammad Rizwan, Bin Li, Xingjiang Qi. Dynamic crosstalk between silicon nanomaterials and potentially toxic trace elements in plant-soil systems. Ecotoxicology and environmental safety. 2023 Oct 01;264:115422

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