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Smart Farming

Subhan Danish

Mendel University Brno

My field of expertise includes drought stress mitigation in crops by using biochar and rhizobacteria with an emerging interest in nanotechnology and artificial intelligence.


Hakoomat Ali

Bahauddin Zakariya University

Dr. Hakoomat Ali received his Ph.D. from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK. is a Professor of Agronomy and currently is Dean Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Pakistan. His current work is focused on nutrient management of arable crops and is working to devise production technologies for different crops.

Rahul Datta

Mendel University Brno

Dr. Rahul Datta is an Assistant Professor in the field of Soil Science. His research has focused largely on increasing crop productivity using “green” and sustainable methods.


Artificial Intelligence Nanotechnology Biofertilizers Biochar Nutrients Management Irrigation Management Sensors Nano Fertilizers Irrigation Scheduling Integrated Soil Management Water Use Efficiency Nanoparticles

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Various biotic (pests, pathogens) and abiotic (soil compaction, drought, salinity, waterlogging, heavy metals, poor nutrition, etc.) stresses are a big cause of low crops productivity around the globe. Drought stress is very common in worldwide arid and semi-arid areas. Moreover, climate change is going to create the worst situation in this regard. The demand for irrigation water is expected to increase by 10% up to 2050. Under drought stress, the growth and yield of crops are usually decreased due to less intake of nutrients, poor photosynthesis, and a limited supply of water. In addition, drought accelerates the biosynthesis of ethylene10,11 which retards the roots elongation and development. Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is an approach that helps to guide actions needed to transform and reorient agricultural systems to effectively support the development and ensure food security in a changing climate. CSA aims to tackle three main objectives: sustainably increasing agricultural productivity and incomes; adapting and building resilience to climate change; and reducing and/or removing greenhouse gas emissions, where possible. The use of nanotechnology and AI is opening a new evolutionary era through the replacement of conventional materials and energy-based crops production. Advancements in the management of fertilizers and pesticides by using nanomaterials and sensors are gaining attention. Research is going on short-term impacts of nanoparticles and utilization of computational tools for better crops production. However, the need of the time is to investigate the long-term effects of artificial intelligence and nanomaterials application as well at a large scale.

This book will cover the potentials of nanomaterials, existing prediction models, computational tools, and sensors in climate-smart agriculture for the alleviation of drought stress.

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Date completed: March 23rd 2022

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Subhan Danish

Mendel University Brno

Dr. Subhan Danish has a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, and master’s and doctorate degrees in Agriculture (Soil Science). He is currently teaching at Bahauddin Zakariya University and Mendel University in Brno as a guest lecturer. He teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels, focusing on soil science and plant nutrition. His current research interests include soil science and plant nutrition, abiotic stress alleviation, nanoparticles in agriculture, and climate-smart agriculture with artificial intelligence. His papers were published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals (e.g., Scientific Report, Journal of Environmental Management, Science of the Total Environment, Cleaner Production, Chemosphere, etc). He is acting as a reviewer for several international journals such as Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Journal of Environmental Management, Remote Sensing, Scientific Report, Environmental Technology & Innovation and Frontiers in Plant Science. His work has been cited more than 1800 times by researchers from all over the world. He reviewed over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and published around 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

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