Call for Papers: 4th International Conference on NANOFORAGRI 2020

Special Issue on "Application of Nanotechnology for Sustainable, Productive and Safer Agriculture and Food System"


The 4th International Conference on NANOFORAGRI 2020: Application of Nanotechnology for Sustainable, Productive and Safer Agriculture and Food System” is being organized from 5th-6th November 2020 by TERI Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre at TERI GRAM, Gual Pahari, Gurgaon, India. This 4th successive conference brings together highly-accomplished experts with diversified backgrounds across the globe with disruptive ideas exclusively dedicated to application of nanoscale science and technology in re-engineering the quality, quantity and safety of agricultural and food systems. The event will be of truly interdisciplinary in nature and encompass basic studies, applications, global challenges and globally harmonized systems for nano solutions for agriculture and food systems. The conference will showcase talks and discussion on thematic topics with the vision of application of present and upcoming nanotechnology for sustainable, productive, safer agriculture and food system. The conference will help understand the global needs of multidisciplinary initiatives and research environment for recognizing and dealing with the challenges and prospects of the thematic topics.

Scope of Topics:

The aim of this special issue is to reflect the most recent developments and future nanotechnology for sustainable, productive and safer agriculture and food systems. The topics include, but are not limited to:

- Applications of nano-based agrochemicals in moving toward sustainable agriculture and food   


- Plant health nanotechnology

- Zero hunger and nanotechnology

-Global food security and role of nanotechnology

- Nanophytovirology

-Digital agriculture and sustainability

- Importance of physicochemical aspects of conventional and nanoforms of agrochemicals

- New frameworks of innovations for merging agriculture and food systems to nanotechnology

- Discovery to Delivery of nano-based agrochemicals: Challenges and Prospects

- Internet of nano things for smart agriculture

- Advanced and smart nano delivery systems in food system

- Intelligent sensors for precision agriculture and food safety

- Environmental health and safety implications of engineered nanoparticles in agriculture and food systems

-   Science-Society-Policy Interface for agriculture and food nanotechnology

Artificial Intelligence and nanotechnology interventions for safe and profitable agriculture.

- Important Dates:

Manuscript submission starts: May 1, 2020

Manuscript submission deadline: August 15, 2020

First review completed: August 31, 2020

Final review completed: November 30, 2020

Acceptance notification: December 31, 2020

Anticipated publication: January 2021



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Guest Editors:

Dr. Alok Adholeya

Director, TERI Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre (TDNBC)

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

TERI Gram, Haryana 122 001, India


Adjunct Professor

School of Life and Environmental Sciences,

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment,

Deakin University, Australia

Dr. Ratul Kumar Das

Associate Fellow, TERI Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre (TDNBC)

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

TERI Gram, Haryana 122 001, India


Adjunct Fellow

Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Australia

Bios of Guest Editors:

Dr. Alok Adholeya: Dr Adholeya is a Ph.D. from the Department of Microbiology, GB Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar and Jiwaji University, Gwalior, India and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at United States Department of Agriculture, Philadelphia, USA. He also worked as Director, Product and Technology Development at  Mycorrhizal Applications, Oregon, USA between 2014 and 2017.

Dr Alok Adholeya leads the team on mycorrhizal research, micropropagation technology, Nanobiotechnlogy and plant tissue culture and molecular biology. Dr Adholeya's career has been largely devoted to finding and developing ways to harness the power of microbes, particularly mycorrhizae, to increase the productivity of crop plants and to restore degraded and industrial overburden lands. Dr Adholeya has chaired numerous advisory committees on agriculture and bioremediation and is an invited speaker at many international forums. Currently, he chairs a major Task Force on Biological Agents in the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, besides being member of the Nanobiotechnology Taskforce in DBT. His work has been published in over 170 research papers in reputed national and international journals and he is also a member of the editorial boards of many of these journals. He has guided 22 doctoral students and many masters' students to date and has been an Honorary Professor of Deakin University, Australia since March 2010. Many awards and honours have come his way, such as the Young Scientist Award in 1999, and the Biotech Product and Process Development and Commercialization Award 2004 by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.

Dr. Ratul Kumar Das: Dr Ratul Kumar Das is an Associate Fellow at the TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre (TDNBC). He has been an Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Frontier Materials of Deakin University, Australia since April 2017. He is also the TERI lead supervisor for PhD students registered with Deakin University. Dr. Das completed his MSc from Tezpur Central University, India in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (MBBT) followed by Ph.D. degree in Environmental Biotechnology from University of Quebec, Canada. He was selected for the prestigious “Doctoral Excellence Award Program for foreign students by the Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research (MEESR) sponsored by Research Fund of Quebec-Nature and Technology (FRQNT), Canada for his doctoral study. Dr. Das is one of the team members of “2017 Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science™ Competition” winners awarded by “The American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists” under the category of University Research Grand Prize. He is the Co-Founding & Associate Editor, of “Nanotechnology for Environmental Engineering‟ (SpringerNature) and also the Associate Expert of Global Institute for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (GIEES), Lenexa, Kansas 66285, USA. Dr. Das has expertise in the fields of Bio-Nanotechnology, Biochemical and Bioprocess Engineering & Environmental Biotechnology. His research team (PhD students & collaborators) at TDNBC is working on the development of nanoformulations with natural compounds and green nanotechnology for diverse application in the fields of food preservation, agriculture and environmental remediation. Dr. Das has about 65 peer-reviewed international research publications (25 as first author), 1 US patent, 1 book edited and series of conferences to his credit.