The news service has been running for ten years and was made possible through generous support from USAID,
In a statement,
Meridian says it has a long-term interest in nanotechnology and hopes to find replacement funding that will allow it to resume the service. "We are investigating possible options," Barker says.
Recent articles published on the service included news on how nanotechnology could be used to filter water and produce cheaper renewable energy. The service also provides nanotechnology-related policy updates.
The wire had approximately 2,000 subscribers from more than 80 different nations when it closed at the end of August, according to Barker.
One of those subscribers was
Invernizzi tells SciDev.Net that Meridian's service was unique and will be missed. "It was useful for getting a picture of research trends in several industrial sectors," she says.
Invernizzi was surprised the service closed, but
"I can't speak specifically of Meridian, but four or five years ago nanotechnology had a lot of excitement and a tremendous amount of 'hoopla' around it. Currently, there is fatigue and the funders are starting to dry up," he says.
Invernizzi has also noticed this: "I have indeed observed a deceleration of NGOs' and think-tanks' projects on nanotechnology over the last few years".
She says the lack of regulation and policies to deal with the broader implications of nanotechnology is a worry because commercialisation of this technology is accelerating.
"It's a pity that Meridian discontinued its work on nanotechnology," Invernizzi says. "They organised important meetings and produced wonderful reports on topics of importance for developing countries."
However, Meridian is continuing its other news digests, which include services on food security and agriculture-biotech, published in English and French. These will still be funded by USAID.
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