Soyl-Gel contributes to water sustainability and preservation of water resources, possibly enhancing the nutrient uptake and eventually reducing the fertilizer use.
Nanocomposite materials, water sustainability, slow release, sustained release
Agriculture uses 70% of freshwater, globally. Fertilizers and pesticides are the necessary evils of farming, which maintain nutrients in soil, and fight pests; but current practices use them excessively. Therefore, agriculture is also the biggest polluter of water. Hydrogels can decrease water demand up to 50% and increase crop yields by 20 to 30%. Our vision, by integrating sustained release of fertilizers and pesticides in hydrogels, is to achieve tremendous water savings and alleviate water pollution at the same time.