As a country that thrives on its agriculture, we consider it is our duty to support and contribute technological advancement to our agricultural sector. As one of Sri Lanka’s leading research and development centers, we are proud to say that our team is at the forefront of researching and developing products that can improve the lives of people. From self-watering pots to nanofertilizers, we are hoping to improve agriculture and reduce the impact that modern practices have on the environment. We are conducting research on methods to improve soil fertility using plant amendments incorporated with nanomaterials or nano-clays and are in the midst of developing advanced seed coatings to combat the effect of modern fertilizers. Our team of experts is looking to improve agriculture, the impact it has on the environment and to help Sri Lanka improve in its agricultural pursuits.
Slow release of chemicals has been widely applied for drug delivery, little work has been done on using this general nanotechnology-based principle for delivering nutrients to crops. In developing countries, the cost of fertilizers can be significant and is often the limiting factor for food supply. Thus, it is important to develop technologies that minimize the cost of fertilizers through efficient and targeted delivery. SLINTEC has reduced the high solubility of urea molecules by incorporating it into a matrix of hydroxyapatite nanoparticles.
Nano fungicidal formulations
SLINTEC has used nanotechnology to develop an environmentally friendly, low toxic fungicide and weedicide as a technological response to the ever-increasing complexities in managing diseases and pathogens in crops. We’ve successfully completed field level trials and are in the process of developing it for large scale commercial deployment.
Soil remediation and rehabilitation
SLINTEC is working on increasing soil fertility by incorporating plant material with nano-clays. Our aim is to retain carbon for a much longer time within the soil, thereby improving agricultural land. We’ve carried out a soil incubation study to evaluate how improved plant amendments affect organic carbon, active carbon, mineralizable nitrogen content affect soil fertility.
SLINTEC is in the middle of developing an advanced seed coating with properties to overcome the negative effects of fertilizers. As the nutrient provider during the growth of a plant, the seed coatings have the ability to significantly improve the crop yield.
Organic acid-based weedicides
SLINTEC has been working to create a less toxic yet effective weedicide to replace the banned weedicide Glyphosate, by designing a fatty acid-based herbicidal which has an environmentally friendly formulation. The SLINTEC team has already carried out several field trials successfully.