Potentials of nanotechnology application in forest protection
This joint research project formed by Southern University, Louisiana State University, and the USDA Forest Service focuses on applying nanotechnology in forest health and natural resource management. The targeted nanotechnology is derived from a new generation of renewable composite nano-material called Copper-Carbon Core-Shell Nanoparticles (CCCSNs), which have received increasing attention because of their low cost, unique stabilities, and demonstrated performance against Formosan termite and fungal diseases. This paper describes (1) the physical and chemical properties of CCCSNs and their interactions with the environment, (2) CCCSNs uptake/distribution patterns within tree seedlings/mature trees and their effects on tree growth, and (3) the effects of CCCSNs on blue-stain and white rot fungi, and Formosa termite control. The goal of our research is to develop safe and effective formulations and treatment strategies which use nanotechnology to protect forest and forest products against decay fungi and termites.
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