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    The important role of melatonin in plant growth and metabolism together with recent advances in the potential use of nanomaterials have opened up interesting applications in agriculture. Various nanovehicles have been explored as melatonin carriers in animals, and it is now important to explore their application in plants. Recent findings have substantiated the use of silicon and chitosan nanoparticles (NPs) in targeting melatonin to plant tissues. Although melatonin is an amphipathic molecule, nanocarriers can accelerate its uptake and transport to various plant organs, thereby relieving stress and improving plant shelf-life in the post-harvest stages. We review the scope and biosafety concerns of various nanomaterials to devise novel methods for melatonin application in crops and post-harvest products. Copyright © 2023 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


    Soumya Mukherjee, Suchismita Roy, Marino B Arnao. Nanovehicles for melatonin: a new journey for agriculture. Trends in plant science. 2024 Feb;29(2):232-248

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