Chitosan-based delivery systems for plants: A brief overview of recent advances and future directions

Muhammad Mujtaba, Khalid Mahmood Khawar, Marcela Candido Camara, Lucas Bragança Carvalho, Leonardo Fernandes Fraceto, Rania E. Morsi, Maher Z. Elsabee, Murat Kaya, Jalel Labidi, Hidayat Ullah, Depeng Wang (Corresponding Author)

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Chitosan has been termed as the most well-known among biopolymers, receiving widespread attention from researchers in various fields mainly, agriculture, food, and health. Chitosan is a deacetylated derivative of chitin, mainly isolated from waste shells of the phylum Arthropoda after their consumption as food. Chitosan molecules can be easily modified for adsorption and slow release of plant growth regulators, herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers, etc. Chitosan as a carrier and control release matrix that offers many benefits including; protection of biomolecules from harsh environmental conditions such as pH, light, temperatures and prolonged release of active ingredients from its matrix consequently protecting the plant's cells from the hazardous effects of burst release. In the current review, tends to discuss the recent advances in the area of chitosan application as a control release system. Also, future recommendations will be made in light of current advancements and major gaps.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)683-697
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020
MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal


  • Chitosan nanoparticles
  • Phytohormones
  • Plants
  • Slow delivery


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