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Liposomes in Agricultural Industry

Creative Biostructure has developed an advanced platform for liposome applications in agriculture system. A number of studies have indicated that activity dynamics of toxins and antimicrobials have strong ties to their applications in farming and animal husbandry. Novel methods that deliver these toxins and antimicrobials are thus becoming attractive topics in agricultural industry.

Why use liposomes in agricultural industry?

The unique value of liposomes in agricultural industry is that they can be made into model as research substitute to emulate more complex natural systems. For example, in the study of plant transport processes, liposomes serve as a model system for cellular membranes to investigate protein functionality including osmotic and pH tolerance. Liposomes can also become a model in the studies of transmembrane metabolism in plant organelles. Similarly, they can also be used in studies on pollen drying tolerance, toxin and pesticide attack on plants - liposomes are used as new carriers for slow or delayed release formulations of commercially available insecticides, which are more environmentally safe and can help the uptake of active agent into the plant's vascular system. On the other hand, biosensors based on liposome are developed to detect pesticides directly in foods and drinking water (Figure 1). In addition, liposomes are proven tools in veterinary to prolong the bioactivity of vaccines and anti-antibiotics.

Illustrations of the AChE-based inhibitor liposome bioreactor: (a) The enzyme and pyranine were encapsulated into liposomes as entrapments; (b) Membrane-embedded porins faciliate the free transport of substrate and pesticide into the liposomes; (c) After incubation of the sample, The sensitive pesticides analysis was done in this AChE/liposome biosensor; (d) After incubation, the substrate was added and the inhibition reaction was monitored over time. (J. Yan, et al., 2013) Figure 1. Illustrations of the AChE-based inhibitor liposome bioreactor: (a) The enzyme and pyranine were encapsulated into liposomes as entrapments; (b) Membrane-embedded porins facilitate the free transport of substrate and pesticide into the liposomes; (c) After incubation of the sample, the sensitive pesticides analysis was done in this AChE/liposome biosensor; (d) After incubation, the substrate was added and the inhibition reaction was monitored over time. (J. Yan, et al., 2013)

Creative Biostructure offers powerful support for your agricultural needs. Our featured services are listed below:

  • Manufacture of liposomes for transmembrane proteins functional studies.
  • Design and produce model membrane system.
  • Develop liposomal pesticides.
  • Design and produce of liposome biosensor.
  • Liposome properties analysis.

Based on our extensive experience in liposome production, Creative Biostructure has developed comprehensive services for liposome manufacturing, modification, evaluation and characterization. We are your reliable partner in the development of novel liposomes. Please see the related sections for further information and feel free to contact us for a detailed quote.

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References

  1. J. Yan, et al. (2013). Acetylcholinesterase biosensor based on assembly of multiwall carbon nanotubes onto liposome bioreactors for detection of organophosphates pesticides. Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology, 105: 197-202.
  2. H. Guan. et al. (2012). The novel acetylcholinesterase biosensors based on liposome bioreactors–chitosan nanocomposite film for detection of organophosphates pesticides. Food Research International, 49: 15–21.
  3. T. M. Taylor, et al. (2005). Liposomal Nanocapsules in Food Science and Agriculture. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 45:587–605.

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