Science is advancing by leaps and bounds and the future of nanobubbles in the agricultural sector is looking brighter and brighter, but… what are these tiny bubbles exactly?
In today’s article, we introduce you to the famous nanobubbles, nanoscale gaseous cavities (usually air) that are invisible to the human eye, and which alter the normal properties of water to improve its usability.
Here are three things you may not know about nanobubbles:
- Nanobubbles are hydrophobic: they repel water and are attracted to the surface of the particles. An industrial process known as controlled cavitation allows to generate of hydrophobic nanobubbles more easily than other processes, making them more accessible for use.
- Unlike other types of bubbles, nanobubbles have neutral buoyancy.This means that they can remain suspended in a liquid (usually water) for weeks without rising to the surface or releasing gases. The nanobubbles supersaturate the water with dissolved oxygen, taking up the entire amount of the liquid solution.
This way, the irrigation water that is supersaturated with these oxygen nanobubbles can improve root health, increase nutrient uptake by various plants and improve water quality by treating and killing germs.
Ultimately, due to their size and structure, nanobubbles have unique properties that make them particularly effective in improving water quality, boosting water treatment processes and increasing productivity in industrial and agricultural applications.
If you are interested in the world of Nanobubbles, do not miss out on our module Innovation Procedures of the Master in International Agribusiness Management.