Nanoformulation for Targeted Delivery of Agrochemicals Through Plant Surface

  • Non-phytotoxic composition with low environmental-footprint, a sustainable solution
  • Composition enables targeted delivery of agrochemicals through plant surfaces
  • Unique capability of targeting hydrophilic areas such as stomata and between cuticles

Abstract
The University of Central Florida invention is a composition consisting of a metal borate biocide material (inorganic metal part) and a surface borate complex (organic part). The organic part of the composition allows the material to be modulated with biomolecules (such as sugars, proteins, enzymes, peptides) present in plant and animal cells. In plant systems, this unique material property can ameliorate the phytotoxicity issues of traditional heavy metal ions (such as copper and zinc) while retaining their biocidal properties. Due to boron chemistry, this composition has the unique capability of targeting hydrophilic areas of a plant leaf surface (such as stomata and areas between cuticles). This new groundbreaking discovery enables targeted delivery of agrochemicals through plant surfaces.

Partnering Opportunity

The research team is seeking partners for licensing and/or research collaboration.

Stage of Development

Prototype available.

Contact Information

Name: Andrea Adkins

Email: Andrea.Adkins@ucf.edu

Phone: 407.823.0138