A couple of months ago, Dr. Alimorad Srafrazi, from the Plant Pests & Diseases Research Institute in Iran, posted a comment on our blog. He said, "I would like to start some studies on the application of nanotechnology" in greenhouse agriculture.
Following that request, Alireza Rezazadeh added a comment indicating that he is part of the "nano group" at Shahed University in Tehran, in the field of agriculture. He offered to work together with Dr. Srafrazi on nanotech studies.
In the last few weeks, we've heard from two others who want to study the agricultural applications of nanotechnology.
M. Damodhara Rao, a Research Scholar in the Department of Agricultural and Food Engineering and the Indian Institute of Technology, said he "would like to work with the research group." And Dr. R. Prakash, an Associate Professor at Kerala Agricultural University in India also expressed interest.
We're proud that our blog is serving as a way for people throughout the world to make useful connections. As populations continue to grow at unsustainable levels in developing countries, new technologies could make a big impact in reducing poverty and improving nutrition. Of course, the earliest applications from nanotechnology will not be a result of molecular manufacturing, but work being done today by researchers like those named above could play a significant role in developing enabling technologies.