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Maghabl R, Chizari M, Khayyam-Nekouie S M, Tabatabaie M. Investigating the Researchers’ Attitude and the Obstacle Hampering Nanotechnology Development in the Agricultural Sector of Iran. JAST 2012; 14 (3) :493-503
URL: http://jast.modares.ac.ir/article-23-8666-en.html
1- Department of Agricultural Extension and Education, Faculty of Agriculture, Tarbiat Modares University, P. O. Box: 336-14115, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran.
2- Agricultural Biotechnology Research Institute, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran.
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Nanotechnology has been shown to have promising roles in the development of various industries including the agricultural sector. The primary purpose of this study was to investigate the researchers’ attitude and the obstacle hampering the development of nanotechnology in the agricultural sector of Iran. The population of this study consisted of researchers in national research centers/institutes (N= 187) during the biennium, 2009-2010. Proportional stratified random sampling was used for sample selection in the study (123). A questionnaire was developed and its validity was evaluated by a panel that consisted of the experts in the Nanotechnology Committee of the Ministry of Agriculture, Iran, and the faculty members of Tarbiat Modares University. A pilot test was conducted to determine the reliability of the questionnaire and Cronbach Alpha coefficient was confirmed for the scales of the questionnaire (α= 0.92). The results of this study showed that the respondents’ attitude toward the significance of nanotechnology was in the range of adequate to excellent level (92%, accumulatively). On the other hand, among the 37 obstacle variables investigated, 5 factors were found to account for 69.89% of the variance of obstacle variables. These included budget hindrance, instructional difficulties, management problems, research problems, and relative-informative hardships.
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Received: 2012/02/4 | Accepted: 2012/02/4 | Published: 2012/02/4

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