Environmental Sustainability Derived from Microorganisms: Bioresource Production and Recovery

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 230

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Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, School of Science, Computing and Engineering Technologies, Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia
Interests: plastic biodegradation; bioelectrochemistry; bacterial adhesion/biofouling

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Environmental sustainability is an issue of ever-increasing importance. Unchecked industrial activity has led to a two-pronged conundrum in need of addressing. Persistent pollution, such as microplastics in most aquatic and terrestrial environments and excessive carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, pose one half of the problem in question. This, coupled with the depletion of available resources, leads to a situation that is quite simply unsustainable and will lead to self-destruction.

There are countless contributing factors that need to be addressed in order to stay the course. Procedures must be put in place that limit the production and/or release of harmful substances, while there is a simultaneous need to clean up and repair the damage already inflicted. Sustainable manufacturing processes that make use of renewable energy and conserve finite resources are also sorely needed. Microorganisms are an exciting prospect for the achievement of each of these ends. Their diverse metabolic activity makes microbes well suited to adapt to the remediation of a wide variety of industrial wastes, either prior to or after their release into the environment. They are also widely useful for resource recovery and production, from the recovery of useful materials from waste to the direct manufacturing of products and even energy production. Importantly, they are also carbon neutral.

This Special Issue will highlight the importance of microorganisms in the achievement environmental sustainability. Original research, reviews and short communications addressing the use of microorganisms in waste management and/or resource production are invited for submission.

Dr. Hayden Webb
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • waste management
  • bioresource production
  • environmental sustainability
  • microorganisms bioresource recovery

Published Papers

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