How will nanotechnology affect agricultural supply chains?

Jianjun Lu, Marcus Bowles*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The development of nanotechnology creates an excellent opportunity to address complex technical issues of agricultural supply chains and heralds revolutionary changes. The potential application of nanotechnology to the agricultural and food supply chain is reviewed. Although there is evidence that nanotechnology could enhance agricultural supply chains, further research is necessary to determine whether awareness of the technical advances and benefits alone will be sufficient to overcome resistance to the implementation of these new technologies. Failure to embrace nanotechnology will deny the sector an opportunity to capitalize on improved product visibility, food safety, quality and security and associated economic benefits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-42
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Food and Agribusiness Management Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Agri-food supply chain
  • Agricultural products supply chain
  • Nan composites
  • Nanosensors
  • Nanotechnology
  • Smart supply chain
  • Supply chain management

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