Lookup NU author(s): Dr Michael Sweet,
Dr Ian Singleton
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Silver nanoparticles (NPs) are used for a wide range of commercial reasons to restrict microbial growth. The increasing use of silver NPs in modern materials ensures they will find their way into environmental systems. The mode of action which makes them desirable as an antimicrobial tool could also pose a severe threat to the natural microbial balance existing in these systems. Research into the potential environmental threats of silver NPs has mainly focused on particular areas, such as their influence in rivers and estuaries or their effect on organisms such as earthworms and plants. There is a need to focus studies on all aspects of the microbial world and to highlight potential risks and methods of overcoming problems before significant damage is done. This review focuses on the antimicrobial uses, mechanisms of toxicity, and effects on the environment (mainly soil) of silver NPs, illustrating gaps in current knowledge.
Author(s): Sweet MJ, Singleton I
Editor(s): Laskin, A.I., Sariaslani, S., Gadd, G.M.
Publication type: Book Chapter
Book Title: Advances in Applied Microbiology
Publisher: Elsevier Inc
Place Published: Burlington
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