Challenges and Advances in Sustainable Biomass Crop Production

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Innovative Cropping Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 543

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
Center For Research And Technology - Hellas, Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: water; circular economy; renewable energy sources; optimization of resources in agriculture; bio-production; energy crop assessment for biomass production; CO2 emission evaluation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the agricultural sector, and more specifically in crop production systems, there is a huge potential for bioenergy production by green and/or yellow biomass sources. In the past, productivity was the only factor regarding crop yield evaluation. More recently, it has become obvious that crops should be assessed not only under the scope of crop productivity but also from a sustainability point of view.

Biomass energy crops and other yellow-based biomass sources (e.g., corn stover, wheat straw) have become of high interest in recent years around the globe based on their high potential as possible bioenergy production resources. The promotion of the use of biomass crop sources for bioenergy and bioproducts can be an important step to increase the sustainability of their production chain.

This Special Issue will focus on “Challenges and Advances in Sustainable Biomass Crop Production”. We invite authors to contribute to this Special Issue with novel research articles and reviews covering all topics in crop biomass production. Topics of particular interest for this issue concern the sustainable use of natural resources, environmentally friendly fertilization, water-saving methods, sustainable agronomic practices and modeling, crop physiology, energy consumption evaluation, life cycle analysis, climatic adaptation, biomass for energy, and bioproduct quality. Articles concerning all aspects of agronomic management, field operations management, and the adoption of new technologies applied to biomass crop production are welcome. We also welcome any potential article that is related to advances(i.e. information and communications technologies, automation systems and contol, agricultural robotics, UAVs, etc.) in any type of biomass crop-based production toward a more sustainable future.

Papers submitted to this Special Issue will be subject to peer review to allow a rapid dissemination of results.

Dr. Efthymios Rodias
Prof. Dr. Charisios Achillas
Guest Editors

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  • agronomic management
  • crop operations management
  • bioenergy
  • crop byproducts
  • bioproducts
  • sustainability
  • green biomass
  • yellow biomass
  • information and communications technologies
  • automation control

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Economic viability of biomass waste-to-energy exploitation: A case study
Authors: C. Achillas; E. Rodias
Affiliation: International Hellenic University, Department of Supply Chain Management, 60100 Katerini, Greece

Title: Crop residues as potential biomass source: A review
Authors: E. Rodias; C. Achillas
Affiliation: Center for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), Institute for Bio-economy and Agri-technology (iBO), 10th km Charilaou-Thermi Road, Balkan Center, 57001, Thermi/Thessaloniki, Greece

Title: Agricultural robotics in crop residues management: A review
Authors: E. Rodias; D. Bochtis
Affiliation: Center for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), Institute for Bio-economy and Agri-technology (iBO), 10th km Charilaou-Thermi Road, Balkan Center, 57001, Thermi/Thessaloniki, Greece

Title: Technoeconomic assessment of anaerobic digestion facility treating residual agricultural biomass from hydroponic greenhouse
Authors: C. Achillas; V. Diamantis
Affiliation: Department of Environmental Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, GR-67100 Xanthi, Greece

Title: The effect of temperature and relative humidity on crop residual biomass production
Authors: M. Lampridi; E. Rodias
Affiliation: The Centre for Research and Technology, Hellas · Institute for Bio-economy and Agri-technology

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