Microbial Advances in a Sustainable Environment: Biological Waste Treatment and Bioconversion Technology 2.0

A special issue of Microorganisms (ISSN 2076-2607). This special issue belongs to the section "Microbial Biotechnology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 433

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School of Environment, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150090, China
Interests: microbial diversity; sustainable environment; zero-waste approaches; biodegradation; bioenergy; multi-omics
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Department of Environmental Engineering, School of Resources and Civil Engineering, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819, China
Interests: wastes anaerobic fermentation; bioenergy recovery, biological processes; wastes conversion and biological treatment; wastewater treatment
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School of Ecology and Environment, Hainan University, Haikou, China
Interests: bio-H2 production; anaerobic digestion; lignocellulosic biomass pretreatment; bioenergy recovery; microbial ecology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is the continuation of our previous special issue "Microbial Advances in a Sustainable Environment: Biological Waste Treatment and Bioconversion Technology".

At present, environmental pollution has increased due to intensive anthropogenic activities along with the emergence of new materials that were previously not found in nature. The occurrence of emerging diverse contaminants along with the lack of in-depth information about microbial processes are major obstacles in the application of bioconversion approaches. There is an urgent need for more research to explore different ecosystems to (1) find microbes with potential activities, (2) understand microbial behavior in various environments (such as anaerobic digesters, fermenters, and waste treatments plants), (3) integrate various technologies to improve microbes’ productivity, and (4) mediate zero-waste approaches via microorganisms for sustainable environmental development.

In this Special Issue, we intend to gather recent research work and critical reviews in the field of environmental microbiology and bioenergy, especially on waste treatment during bioenergy production. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Screening potential microbes for waste treatment and bioenergy production;
  • Realizing microbial conversion of waste/biomass toward a zero-waste approach;
  • Enhancing fermentation processes via co-culturing, biostimulation, and technology innovation;
  • Applying novel molecular-based techniques, changes in microbial communities, and functional genomics and/or proteomics for improved bioenergy/bioproduct yield.

Dr. Guangli Cao
Dr. Xin Zhao
Dr. Lili Dong
Guest Editors

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  • sustainable environment
  • waste treatment
  • biomass
  • zero-waste
  • biodegradation

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