Chemical insecticides are often employed to manage stored grain pests. However, their use could have severe consequences for consumers and the environment. Thus, nanotechnology could present intriguing answers to issues related to agricultural and the food sectors. In the present investigation, Mentha spicata essential oil (MsEO) loaded chitosan nanoparticles (MsEO/CSNPs) were synthesized and characterized using FTIR, SEM, TEM, DLS and XRD. It was observed that the average size of the nanoparticles ranged between 50 and 200 nm with 0.428 and 0.222 PDI for the MsEO loaded chitosan nanoparticles (MsEO/CSNPs1) and MsEO loaded chitosan nanoparticles (MsEO/CSNPs2), respectively. SEM and TEM studies revealed spherical nature of the nanoparticles. Loading Capacity (LC) was found to be 6.62-4.19% and encapsulation efficiency (EE) ranged from 79.5 to 82.5% in MsEO/CSNPs1 and MsEO/CSNPs2. Further, MsEO-loaded chitosan nanoparticles (MsEO/CSNPs1 and MsEO/CSNPs2) demonstrated excellent antioxidant activity with IC50 values of 24.2 μg/mL and 30.9 μg/mL, suggesting that...

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