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Global Startup Heat Map: 5 Top Nanotech Solutions impacting Food & Agriculture
The 5 nanotech startups in food and agriculture you will explore below are chosen based on our data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and relevance of technology, among others. This analysis is based on the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering over 1.3 million startups & scaleups globally.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights the 5 nanotechnology startups & scaleups our Innovation Researchers curated for this report. Moreover, you get insights into regions that observe a high startup activity and the global geographic distribution of the 97 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
Nanomnia offers Agrochemical Encapsulation
With heavy usage of fertilizers and pesticides in agriculture, land degradation poses a huge threat to the environment. Nanoencapsulation ensures that the encapsulated material reaches the site of action, hence reducing the environmental contamination. It increases the shelf-life of constituents, hence solves the problem of wastage of active ingredients. Nanoencapsulation reduces agrochemical degradation due to UV and ensures microplastic-free solution, therefore reducing any further contamination inland.
Italian startup Nanomnia develops solutions to encapsulate herbicides, molluscicides, biocides, biostimulants, fungicides, agrochemicals, and insecticides. The startup’s encapsulation technology improves the effectiveness of active ingredients beneficial for the crops. Nanomnia’s products are fully organic, biodegradable, and microplastic-free.
Aqua-Yield develops a Nano Liquid
Nano-liquid technology involves the formation of liquids containing nanometer-sized particles called nanoparticles. Nano liquids find use in agriculture to improve fungicide and pesticide absorption. They allow farmers and agriculturalists to increase crop yields and quality by efficiently and safely tackling pests and weeds.
The US-based startup Aqua-Yield develops solutions that improve crop nutrient intake. The startup’s patented product, Nanoshield, uses nano-liquid delivery technology to enhance the delivery of any input to any plant. Nanoshield encapsulates the inputs into tiny nanoparticles that glide through foliar and root barriers. The solution reduces fertilizer use.
Strigiformes develops a Nano Copper-based Biostimulant
Copper is necessary for the proper development of plant tissues. Coppes also has a positive effect on the photosynthesis process and nitrogen transformation. Further, it is responsible for effective flowering and high yield-quality. However, plants do not easily absorb natural copper. This prompts AgriTech startups to search for new forms of copper that stimulate plants and soil.
Polish startup Strigiformes manufactures a nano copper-based biostimulant. Biosterilvita Plus, the startup’s proprietary product, combines garlic extract and horseradish together with a nanomolar concentration of nano copper (50 ppm). The product stimulates the growth and development of plants by increasing the uptake of water and nutrients. Moreover, it strengthens plants, supports plant germination, and promotes the vigor and vitality of plants.
NanoSpy manufactures Pathogen Detection Biosensors
Sensitive biological elements such as tissues, microorganisms, organelles, and antibodies when present in food can cause major health hazards like food poisoning and bacterial infections. To curb this, biosensors that detect such microorganisms allow the food industry to monitor the health of food and raw materials.
The US-based startup NanoSpy develops biofunctionalized nanomaterials or biosensors for food processing companies. The biosensor detects and quantifies Salmonella and Listeria pathogens in less than 20 minutes, saving time and aiding decision-making. The startup also provides customized biosensors to detect pathogens other than just Salmonella and Listeria.
Inspecto develops Contaminant Detection Devices
From extending shelf-life, reducing waste, and improving the safety and quality of food, instruments are needed to accurately measure food quantitatively. For example, nano-devices to monitor such parameters are cost-effective, portable, and easy to use.
Israeli startup Inspecto develops a nanoscale portable device for the early detection of food contaminants. Their device offers a dedicated solution with tailored capabilities to detect a set of contaminants as per the requirements of the customers. The device further removes the limitation of lack of skilled operators and allows any personnel within the organization to detect food contamination.
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